About the Downtown Sykesville Connection

The Maryland Main Street Program

The Sykesville Main Street Association was created in 2011. It is a part of the Main Street Maryland Program. The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional downtown business districts through the Main Street four-point approach for commercial revitalization, which is organized into the following committees: Design, Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Green, Clean & Safe.

During its 10 years of operations, the Sykesville Main Street Association has accomplished so much for the residents of Sykesville, its visitors, and the merchant community. From the creation of the community garden, the development of the South branch skatepark, the restoration of the Main Street sign, the bike rack and sound system installations, the creation of Parklet, and the management of a 6-month Farmers Market to the design of a full and diverse event calendar, the Downtown Sykesville Connection’s staff and volunteers tirelessly work towards fulling the mission of our organization: to improve the quality of life downtown Sykesville for residents, visitors and the business community. The Downtown Sykesville Connection is also responsible for the administration of state grants like the Downtown Lighting, Facade Improvement Program, the Nonprofit Assistance fund that financed the Farmers Market, and other State and corporate funding awarded to the Downtown Sykesville Connection to support projects, activities, and partners.

The Downtown Sykesville Connection is thrilled to continue its journey as a stand-alone community non-profit striving to foster a vibrant downtown through economic development, promotion, design, and green initiatives.

The Downtown Sykesville Connection will keep showcasing our small town through a rich calendar of events crafted to cater to residents of all ages and visitors seeking unique experiences and new trends. The Downtown Sykesville Connection will remain focused on the beautification of our town and the preservation of its historical heritage.

Our Committees:

Design

The Design Committee takes charge of enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

Design Chair: Dana Alonzi
Design Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.

Organization

The Organization Committee is charged with building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.

Promotion

The Promotion Committee works on marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.

Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm (location available on Facebook).

Economic Development

The Economic Development Committee works to strengthen the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development.

Green, Clean & Safe

The Green, Clean & Safe Committee seeks to make Sykesville a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and play, while promoting individual responsibility for the community environment.

Volunteer role description

Garden map

Green, Clean & Safe Chair: Laura Donnel
Green, Clean & Safe Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, weather permitting, 7:15 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.


Sykesville Facade Improvement 50/50 Matching Grant

The Façade Improvement Program offers matching funds for façade improvement. Building and/or business owners can apply for up to 50% percent of the cost of their improvement project. The maximum matching grant contribution by the Town is $ 10,000. The minimum grant contribution is $500. Work completed prior to a letter of commitment is not eligible for funding. The goal of the project is to encourage building renovation, historic preservation and improved economic vitality by providing funding to upgrade Downtown Sykesville building façades. Here is the application FacadeImprovementApplication

Additionally, with the exception of painting, all applications must be approved by our Historic District Commission (Application) and Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) MHT Application


Sykesville’s Affiliations and Honors:

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Sat
2021
10:00 am 2021 Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street
2021 Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
2021 Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street | Sykesville | Maryland | United States
The Downtown Sykesville Connection is hosting its third “Let Freedom Ring Parade” on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The Let Freedom Ring parade will start at 10 am that day, beginning at Sykesville Middle School and … Continue reading 2021 Let Freedom Ring Parade
Aug
20
Fri
2021
9:00 am The Coolest Golf Tournament @ Links at Challendon
The Coolest Golf Tournament @ Links at Challendon
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Coolest Golf Tournament @ Links at Challendon
The Downtown Sykesville Connection (DSC) strives to diversify its programs and engage new volunteers. With the same Wonderwomen volunteers – Leslie George-Rowe and Denise Rowe – still actively working with the DSC team on the … Continue reading The Coolest Golf Tournament
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