Promote awareness of Downtown Gilroy as a place to go.
The downtown area is the Heart of Gilroy. This is our place, the place where we meet old friends and make new friends. Downtown is a cross section of our community, with all of its charms, quirks and, yes, imperfections. Downtown is where a multicultural city blends together to become a community. This is where the traditional agricultural Gilroy gets acquainted with bedroom community Gilroy.
RALLEY ROUND DOWNTOWN GILROY is a grass roots, all volunteer, non-profit organization started by members of our community who are dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Gilroy through OUR patronage and the promotion of downtown’s independent businesses. Our shared vision is of a downtown where “Gilroyals” and visitors bring their families to shop, meet friends and neighbors, have fun, and enjoy our city.
Whether you are a local, resident, commuter, visitor or simply work downtown, everyone is welcome. Our goal is to have a diverse group of people from all age brackets, walks of life, social status, and income levels, representing a microcosm of Gilroy’s citizenry. Most of all we look forward to creating a group with a great mix of interesting people who come together to have fun and meet new friends while simultaneously supporting the independent businesses in downtown Gilroy. Sometimes we will frequent upscale establishments. Other times we will visit not so upscale establishments, but most of the time it will be somewhere in between. Please note: This group places a strong emphasis on happy hours; late night adventures; good food; good music and culture. It also greatly appreciates irreverent wit and humor, as well as other engaging character flaws.
We welcome dreamers and doers, but we are looking for people who are a little of both AND interested in seeing downtown Gilroy thrive. Through our collective financial support, energy and ideas we seek to transform downtown Gilroy into what it once was, the center of our community, full of life and vibrancy where both residents and visitors can find a wide range of shopping, restaurants, and artistic and entertainment options.
The purpose of this web site is to share the many good reasons to spend time in downtown Gilroy, keep you up to date with events and issues affecting the downtown area, and occasionally, if all goes well, entertain you.
Rally Round Downtown Gilroy is not affiliated with any other organizations, local or otherwise. Neither is Rally Round Downtown Gilroy in competition with any other ogranization, local or otherwise. We hope to support and enhance the efforts of other organizations that are dedicated to the promotion of Gilroy.
Rally Round Downtown Gilroy started off as discussions with a common theme: downtown Gilroy has a lot of great places, and not everyone knows about them. Ideas about how to get more people downtown were tossed out. Many of these ideas started out with “They could …” and “They should …” Then we realized: “They” means “Us”. As individuals, we can work towards a brighter future for downtown.
We have no funds, and we are strictly volunteer. But, with your help and support, we can make a difference. And we can welcome others to work with us. The more people involved, the more we can accomplish.
At the most basic level, our goal is to get more people walking around downtown Gilroy. We hope to do this by making sure downtown Gilroy is a desirable place to go, and then making sure that as many people as possible are aware of it.
We hope you will support this goal, and this web site provides ways to do that:
- Go downtown yourself
- Tell friends about a place downtown where you like to go
- Submit suggestions for how you think downtown could be made more desirable
- Volunteer to help out with an event downtown
- Join the “Rally Round Downtown” group to help make the changes come true
Ann Marie Palmer