Although a few significant buildings have been demolished, such as the Monroe Opera House and Hotel Joffre, Monroe’s Central Business District still reflects the period of Downtown Monroe’s greatest prosperity as an agricultural and commercial center. The City of Monroe remains a hub of industrial and retail activity within the region and is a focus of culture and commerce within Union County. Millions of dollars in renovations and facade improvements, annual festivals, and new interest in professional housing have made Downtown Monroe the place for commerce and travelers alike. Please enjoy your time in our historic district. Thank you for visiting Downtown Monroe.
Whether you begin and end at Belk Tonawanda Park or at another point along the greenway, you will enjoy a scenic walk or run winding through Historic Downtown Monroe. Banners and markers along the sidewalks guide visitors on this one-and-a-half-mile loop. Discover the rich history of our Downtown as you follow this map, which identifies and briefly details significant sites. You'll also pass stores to explore and restaurants to dine in. For solitude and serenity or a vibrant place to meet with friends, the Historic Downtown Monroe Greenway has something for everyone.
The City of Monroe Downtown Department and the City of Monroe Parks and Recreation Department love hearing about new event ideas! In order for the City of Monroe to add a new event to its existing promotional calendar, we need to consider the following: 1. Will the event create a positive impact on the Downtown Monroe Community and coordinate well within the existing promotions calendar? 2. Will the event have the financial support necessary to carry out operations, or will it require additional funding sources? 3. How will local businesses be impacted by the event? (Including street closures, new traffic/pedestrian patterns, and participants) 4. Does the event generate enough interest to draw people from within the City of Monroe and the surrounding area?
There are over 117 local businesses within the heart of Downtown Monroe for all demographics and age groups. These businesses include more than 10 places to eat, 23 places to shop, 14 salons and spas, and over 40 other enticing attractions. For more information on specific businesses, check out "Shop, Dine & More" in the Downtown tabs.