The current Historic Downtown revitalization effort is not the first time the city and community leaders have worked together to keep the site of Mansfield’s beginnings alive and a destination for residents and visitors. In the late 1980s, the City Council and downtown business owners joined together and drafted the Historic Mansfield Downtown Design Plan, approved by the City Council and giving the community a blueprint for improving downtown. Several downtown business owners incorporated as the Mansfield Main Street Project Inc. and helped raise funds for improvements. The group held community dinners and had booths at Hometown Festival to raise money. By the mid-1990s the newly formed Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation helped to provide additional funding for landscaping and repairs to outside infrastructure in downtown. The dilapidated, uneven sidewalks were replaced with brick pavers, raised flower beds and irrigation were added and new antique designed light posts were added. Trees were planted to shade the sidewalks and improve the aesthetics. Anticipating an area for outdoor festivals, electrical outlets were strategically placed along the east and west sides of the street. The approximately $725,000 project -- completed in two phases -- has served the city well. Businesses continue to locate in historic downtown and the Main Street area has been the site of numerous festivals and celebrations.