The Greater Kokomo
Downtown Association invites residents, businesses and community organizations
to lend a hand and keep our community looking beautiful through its third annual
Keep Kokomo Beautiful campaign.
In 2017, the initiative
will feature seven events that include flower planting, garden maintenance, and
clean-up projects to enhance the beauty of Kokomo and Howard County.
“Here in Kokomo we are
blessed with picturesque waterways, peaceful trails and a beautiful downtown,”
said Susan Alexander, Manager of Downtown Initiatives for the Greater Kokomo
Economic Development Alliance. “And it’s up to the community to keep it that
way. That’s what the Keep Kokomo Beautiful initiative is all about. We hope to inspire
residents and businesses to take ownership and pride in their community.”
In 2016, the initiative
engaged 400 volunteers, planted 1,122 flower baskets and 104 garden areas, and
removed 1.5 tons of debris from the Wildcat Creek and the community’s walking
The 2017 campaign kicks
off Thursday, April 6, with flower basket planting at a new location this year.
From 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., volunteers will gather at Lybrook
Landscaping/The Garden, 4476 S. 00 East-West, Kokomo. Thanks to this effort,
for the 12th straight year, downtown will be in full bloom this
summer with hundreds of hanging flower baskets on display along city center
streets. At each event that day, volunteers will be served a free meal from
On Saturday, April 22,
the focus will turn to trail and waterway clean-up. Volunteers will start their
morning at 8 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 721 W. Superior St., and work
along the trail and waterway until noon.
The planting will
resume in May as volunteers will gather for two work days. First up will be
planting at the City Hall Gazebo, 100 S. Union St., from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday,
May 20. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, volunteers will plant the
downtown container and alley gardens, meeting on the Courthouse Square at the
corner of Main and Sycamore streets.
There will be three
Garden & Trail Days as part of the 2017 campaign: Saturdays, June 17, July
15 and Aug. 19. On those days, volunteers will work from 8 to 10 a.m. and will
start the morning at the City Hall Gazebo, 100 S. Union St.
Keep Kokomo Beautiful
looks to bring together all aspects of the community, not just a core group of
concerned citizens, Alexander said.
“We want area advocacy
groups, teams from businesses and organizations, and families and individuals
to come up and make this effort a success,” Alexander said. “This is a great
way to put your love of Kokomo into tangible action.”
All seven events are
free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring along work
gloves, knee pads and their favorite gardening tools to each event. To register
for Keep Kokomo Beautiful events, visit www.GreaterKokomo.com. Participants are encouraged to share
pictures of their efforts during Keep Kokomo Beautiful events with the
community via #KokomoBeautiful on social media.
The Keep Kokomo
Beautiful campaign is made possible through partnerships with the Greater
Kokomo Downtown Association, City of Kokomo, Howard County, Wildcat Guardians,
Howard County Stormwater District, Hawg Heaven, Mark and Julie Hilligoss, Discover
Howard County Trails, and Lybrook Landscaping/The Garden.
For more information,
call Susan Alexander at 765-457-5301.