Economic Development

18th Annual Youngstown Streetscape Set for May 30

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Streetscape 2015, “Bloom or Bust!” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 30 in the downtown, the executive director of CityScape, Sharon Letson, says.

It is the 18th annual effort that has transformed the appearance of the downtown.

Volunteers will spruce up the downtown landscape by removing debris, trimming and planting flowers and shrubs and adding mulch to planted areas.

Streetscape 2015 is a visual improvement project of Youngstown CityScape, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the visual appeal of the gateways to both the city and the downtown through beautification, education and preservation, Letson says.

Focus areas are the West Federal Street median strip, John Young memorials, and the corner where Front Street intersects South Avenue, City Hall and Wick Park.

Among the groups participating are Youngstown State University, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Fifth Avenue Boulevard Neighbors, Mahoning Commons, Mercy Health, Northeast Homeowners Association, Buckeye Elks and Ears Block Watch, 7th Ward Citizens Coalition, Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Improvement Corp., Handel’s Neighborhood and Wick Park Neighborhood Association.

Streetscape’s efforts have inspired several neighborhood groups to follow suit and they will simultaneously clean up and landscape their sections of the city Streetscape.

Should the weather be lousy, Streetscape will be pushed back a day to May 31, Letson said.

Five hundred volunteers have shown up to participate since Streetscape hits its stride and Letson predicts a comparable number again this year. As before, workers will be treated to a light breakfast beforehand and a full lunch afterward in a tent on East Federal Street.

For more information, call Youngstown CityScape at 330 742 4040.

Pictured: Volunteers participate in Streetscape 2015.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.