YORK, PA – Fresh off raising more than $12,000 during Give Local York’s Big Give Day to support flower plantings in Downtown York, Downtown Inc this week will kick off several beautification initiatives that will make the business district a more welcoming place for merchants, residents and visitors.
Flower plantings to brighten Downtown York
On Thursday, the Garden Club of York will plant flowers in more than 90 planters around Downtown York. Planting work will begin at about 8 a.m. on Continental Square.
Downtown Inc is the primary funder of the plantings and raised $12,177 during Give Local York to support the plantings and ongoing maintenance. The organization spends $16,500 annually on the plantings.
Flowers will come from Henrys’ Farm and Greenhouse in Holtwood, and will include striking red begonias, green and white spider plants and plumbagos as part of a “Bright and Bold” theme developed by the nursery.
The Garden Club of York, with assistance from the City of York’s Parks Departments, also plans to install hanging baskets around Downtown York on Wednesday as part of its own beautification efforts in York.
“We’re thankful for the Garden Club and the city’s support to make downtown a more beautiful place. Plantings are a small investment, but they make a major impact,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, York’s downtown improvement organization. “It’s especially satisfying to see this year’s plantings happen considering the amazing public support we received during Give Local York. More than ever, making Downtown York beautiful is a true community effort.”
Earlier this spring, Downtown Inc also partnered with the York County Community Foundation’s Beautiful York Downtown Alive Fund to plant flowers and weeping white spruces in two planters on the King Street Garage. Hively Landscapes completed the work, giving the garage a clean new look.
Mulching to provide aesthetic, practical benefits
The spring sprucing up will continue in June, when Downtown Inc will partner with the City of York and LifePath Christian Ministries to mulch tree wells in key downtown corridors including Market Street, Philadelphia Street, Beaver Street and others.
Mulching provides not only an aesthetic benefit, but helps retain moisture, control weeds and contributes to soil health as mulch breaks down over time. Mulching tree wells also evens the surface of sidewalks, reducing tripping hazards for pedestrians.
The mulching work is scheduled for June 11.
Clean-Up Crew to run five days a week
Thanks to funding support from the York County Solid Waste Authority and Covanta, Downtown Inc for the first time ever staffed a two-man cleanup crew during the winter months.
Now, during the spring and summer months, Downtown Inc will deploy its Clean-Up Crew five days a week, weather permitting, to ensure the sidewalks of Downtown York remain litter free.
Currently, the crew stands at three employees, with the possibility of adding a fourth member.
The crew covers all 26 blocks of Downtown York, and Downtown Inc has refined its deployment strategy to ensure that high-impact areas receive care.
In 2017, the Clean-Up Crew removed nine tons of trash from downtown streets, compared to 14 tons in 2016.
“That’s a strong indicator that our entire community is taking more pride in the appearance of Downtown York,” Chamberlin said. “Our hope is that Clean-Up Crew’s work has a ripple effect and inspires businesses, residents and visitors to do their own part of keep our sidewalks clean so everyone can enjoy a beautiful downtown.”
Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.
Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Manager, Downtown Inc, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717.849.2331
Silas Chamberlin, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Inc, email@example.com, 717.849.2331