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Mailing Address:
 514 Chestnut Street
Bonham, Texas 75418
Contact: Steve Filipowicz
Executive Director, Economic Development
Office: 903-640-0717 or 903-583-7555 ext 106
Cell: 903-227-0039


Thank you for your interest in Bonham and Fannin County. The Bonham Area is becoming more and more a place people want to be able to call home.

The City of Bonham is in the midst of an exciting time of growth and of reclaiming our history. We were designated a Main Street community in 1995 by the State of Texas. The results can be seen in the numerous restored buildings downtown.

Over the next few years we will be working to recover the original uniqueness and beauty of our downtown area. Heritage District improvements have completed eight major phases.  In the heart of our downtown community at the Fannin County Courthouse has added parking spaces, landscaping, trees and antique streetlights. Also completed is the three and half blocks of Main Street, including a new seventy-five car off street parking lot that is only a short stroll from downtown shopping.

The BEDCO and the City of Bonham continue to strive to reclaim our history. Bonham was designated a Texas Main Street community in 1995 by the State of Texas. Though local aspects of this program are officially in hiatus, Bonham remains committed to revitalizing our historic downtown and surrounding Heritage District.  The results of this multi-year, multi-phase approach can be seen in numerous streetscape improvements and on-going private investment in individual properties and structures.

NEWS FLASH:  The HD-SOS program has been superseded by a New & Improved Downtown Bonham SOS expanded program, revised guidelines, boundaries & application. The new program now includes a matching grant for repairs, signage and facade improvements while funding lasts!  View Guidelines  View Boundaries  Download an Application or Complete Application Online using our secure application service.

In 2014 BEDCO launched a modest pilot program to assist building owners and prospective tenants with the professional/technical assessment of the prospective structure to help determine "what will it take to get this building up to applicable codes so that it can be occupied/re-occupied?" Known as the Bonham's HD-SOS Initiative which stands for Bonham's Heritage District Save Our Structure Initiative, it is an experiment in expanding public-private partnerships for the betterment of our community.  A Press Release was issued Feb. 11, 2014 announcing the details. To access the Press Release, Guidelines and Application, click on the links below.

Powder Creek is a lovely 35-acre community park. Park amenities include: plenty of parking, restrooms, picnic tables, benches, a wonderful walking trail, and the remnants of a historic cotton gin dam. It was created as a joint project of BEDCO and the City of Bonham. Then BEDCO Executive Director Glenn Taylor oversaw submission of a two part grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments which funded purchase and initial development of the park. During construction special care was taken to preserve large trees, which gives the park a natural, always been there, look and feel. Open since the mid-2000s the park is popular with joggers, bicyclists, kids, and nature lovers.

The next phase of the park - a much anticipated children's playground by Leathers - was completed during Spring Break 2014 and featured several dozen community volunteers working shifts each day through some very bracing Spring weather! Children now enjoy themselves under the careful and watchful eyes of parents and caregivers.

Powder Creek Park and the wonderful playground built by a large quantity of community support and sweat equity are welcome additions that further enhance the quality of life for Bonham area residents. A disk golf course is also being actively discussed as a possible addition to Powder Creek.

Shown is the plan for the park. Powder Creek Park Community Playground is located adjacent to the paved parking lot at 400 South 5th Street.


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