Our vision is a clean, safe, vibrant and historic Downtown New Braunfels where locals and visitors can play, shop, eat, stay and do business. To bring that vision into reality, we partner with businesses, organizations, residents, and other interested individuals to promote downtown as the center of a vibrant economy, and preserve our cultural heritage.
- Facilitate communication between our members and government, locals, businesses, and organizations.
- Support efforts to improve the average walkability score of downtown New Braunfels.
- Sponsor and encourage events that bring people downtown.
- Promote and market the New Braunfels Downtown Association.
- Build funding through events, memberships, and strategic partners.
- Build cooperation with businesses for maintaining a safe, clean and vibrant downtown.
- Educate members on local topics and government issues.
DOWNTOWN NEW BRAUNFELS HISTORY
The first recorded meeting of the DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION was April 24, 1967. The founders had two main goals: promote business for its 25 original members and improve the downtown parking situation. This association is the oldest continually operating downtown association in the state of Texas.
In 1973, the by-laws were amended and the group was renamed NEW BRAUNFELS DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION. The requirement for membership was expanded to include not only downtown businesses, but anyone in the community with a keen interest in the continued growth, development and historic preservation of Downtown New Braunfels.
During the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial, bronze and silver commemorative coins were minted and sold. A creative float was designed that depicted the bandstand and was entered in the parade.
New Braunfels Downtown Association worked closely with the Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Braunfels to achieve Main Street designation.
The association incorporated and became THE NEW BRAUNFELS DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION, INC. a 501 (c)(6) organization.
Donations of trash receptacles and a bicycle rack were made by the New Braunfels DTA from funds raised at the 35th Anniversary Garden Party.
Parking has been improved by working with partners like the Chamber of Commerce, City of New Braunfels, and Comal County. Individual property owners were allowed to remove parking meters, off street parking lots were added, and 2 hour parking limits were instituted for continued parking turnover.