Keep Clark County Beautiful is helping the National Trail Parks and Recreation District in Springfield, Ohio, to create an educational nature walk trail for urban youth with little or no access to wilderness areas in the city. On Sunday, March 31, 2014, volunteers removed over 1,000 lbs. of litter from the soon-to-be trail, along with dozens of dumped tires and other bulk items. Utilizing KCCB’s new Community Cleanup Trailer, volunteers were also able to clear vines, weeds, and honeysuckle from the trail as well.
Volunteers from Cedarville University, Wittenberg University, and the Childrens Rescue Center pitched in to spruce up the Jefferson Street Oasis community garden and Gopher Dome community center on Saturday, March 22, 2014. They collected over 40 bags of litter in addition to removing illegally dumped tires.
10 volunteers kicked off the Great American Cleanup in Springfield, Ohio, on March 1 by collecting 560 lbs. of litter from 1.5 miles of a busy road.
Located 30 miles south of Boston in Mansfield, Mass. community members and Keep Mansfield Beautiful worked together in mid-May to plant donated flowering crabapple trees as part of the “Don’t Just Stand There – PLANT SOMETHING!” campaign.
Thanks to Keep Mansfield Beautiful, these colorful trees will beautify the gateway to the downtown. Prior to planting, expert horticulturalists from Guerrini Landscape demonstrated proper tree planting techniques, which provided volunteers with the information needed to properly plant the trees.
Volunteers also placed whiskey barrels along the sidewalks of Main Street, each planted with a matching variety of vibrant annual flowers. Volunteers also worked on the Mansfield Community Mural project along the wall adjacent to the downtown business district and public transportation station.
“Plant Pride on Parsons” Makes Columbus Proud
By Sherri Palmer, Program Manager, Keep Columbus Beautiful
The City of Columbus and Keep Columbus Beautiful (KCB), in conjunction with the Neighborhood Design Center, South Side Neighborhood Pride Center and the Parsons Avenue Merchants Association, received a 2012 Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant targeted for assistance to small businesses and property owners along Parson Avenue as an expansion of the “Plant Pride on Parsons” beautification efforts which began in 2010.
The project is working to improve the front of properties that show a need on a two-mile stretch of the Avenue. The Neighborhood Design Center offered tasteful suggestions of paint colors and simple design ideas to enhance and freshen up the façade of the businesses. The paint and painting supplies were paid for through the grant and all labor was completed by supervised volunteers.
The “facelift” took place in two phases. On Aug. 15, 200 Lowe’s Heroes handled “prep work” — sanding, scraping, priming and removal of rotted wood on those properties who signed off to be a project participant. This was followed on Aug. 25 by 600-plus volunteers from the Vineyard Church, a key partner in the 2012 Columbus Volunteer Challenge. Vineyard members and their families painted storefronts, trash containers and picked up litter on Parsons, parallel alleys and side streets.
The grant also was used to target litter. Despite bi-annual cleanups, litter remained a problem along this 2½-mile stretch of Parsons. Grant dollars were used to purchase litter abatement equipment and other supplies that will be used to urge both daily and monthly efforts toward eliminating accumulating trash and debris in the business district.
A clean and green business district sends a strong message that there is pride in the corridor and in the adjacent neighborhoods. The grant is a just a first step in helping existing or vacant businesses along the Avenue to enhance their property, attract new customers, sell or lease empty buildings, and reduce crime.
On Sept. 8, during the first-ever Keep America Beautiful “National Planting Day,” members of the surrounding Parsons Avenue neighborhoods and South Side community were invited to help transition 126 hand-painted planters from summer blooms to fresh fall foliage.
By working together, we are making Columbus a cleaner, safer and more beautiful city in which to live, work and raise our families.