New Castle Beautification Project Seeks Volunteers
NEW CASTLE, Pa. — New Visions for Lawrence County is teaming up with the New Castle Community YMCA and the city of New Castle on a beautification project. Volunteers are needed to help with preparation work the evening of May 28 as well as with the planting May 30 of more than 1,000 annuals downtown.
“This project will add a burst of color to downtown, add curb appeal to the East Washington Street corridor and compliment other revitalization initiatives downtown,” says local landscape architect Mary Burris, who heads up the New Visions Clean and Green Action Team, a grassroots volunteer movement .
Those interested in helping May 28 are to meet at the downtown YMCA at 5 p.m. and bring garden shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and such. Those interested in volunteering May 30 should meet at the downtown YMCA at 9 a.m. and bring small gardening tools and gloves. Planting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and should take a few hours, organizers say. Volunteers will plant flowers in the Diamond area, Kennedy Square, near PNC Bank and Riverplex Park.
The city of New Castle has agreed to allow the planting on city property and help maintain the beautification project once completed. “Beautification along the corridors of our city provides a welcoming environment to our residents, business owners and our many visitors,” said Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo. “It helps complement the city’s revitalization efforts.”
Michele Swogger, membership director for the New Castle Community YMCA, said the Y is “more than happy to contribute to the project. Environment is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle and this project should complement the city’s hanging flower baskets.”
Pictured: New Visions for Lawrence County volunteers.
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