Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Opinion

February 23, 2014

Show pride; sow flowers

Preparing downtown flowers is today an annual rite for friends of the Kokomo Downtown Association. Spring is around the corner, despite the snow and cold, so it’s time to consult your calendar and make plans to get involved.

“Downtown is the showcase of our community,” Mayor Greg Goodnight said last year. “When people are looking for a place to live or start a business, they ask to see the downtown, because a downtown will tell them if a community is decaying or if it is progressing. Our community is progressing, and beautification is a wonderful way to show it.”

The downtown association, a division of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, will host its yearly planting of flower baskets at Country Raisin’s Greenhouse from 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. March 25.

The flower baskets will hang from streetlights along Sycamore Street, from St. Joseph Hospital to U.S. 31.

More baskets will hang from light posts on other streets in the center of the city and around the Indiana University Kokomo campus. Outdoor plantings will take place between City Hall and the Howard County Courthouse.

Mark and Julie Hilligoss’ greenhouse at 3556 W. 500 South, Sharpsville, will welcome those planters who register with GKEDA at 765-457-2000.

The baskets will remain in the greenhouse until May, when city crews will hang them.

Volunteers also will join city crews from 8 a.m. to noon May 17 to plant flowers downtown. Helpers on planting day should bring gloves, garden trowels and shovels. Sponsors of downtown’s 34 bump-outs are particularly encouraged to come out and plant their intersections.

Everyone will meet at 8 a.m. May 17 at the Gazebo across from City Hall on Union Street for coffee, juice and doughnuts.

The downtown association’s planting initiative, financially supported by the city since former Mayor Matt McKillip’s administration, shouts civic pride to residents and visitors alike.

If you have a green thumb and some free time May 17, we encourage you to show your community spirit and help Kokomo bloom this spring.

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