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Downtown Parkersburg beautification projects in the works

Did you know that a city’s downtown area has an important and unique role in the community’s economic and social development? According to ICMA (the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers), revitalizing downtowns must be preceded by, or at the very least, go hand in hand with an image makeover. Without a positive image, the private sector is unlikely to take the risk to reinvest in downtown. That’s where Downtown PKB comes to the forefront. Our efforts over the past six years have inspired a movement of like-minded individuals working behind the scenes to begin the transformation, with the addition of decorative banners and gateway signage, public art installations with our selfie stations, and many other projects and events for the downtown community.

We’re kicking off those efforts this spring with a brand new beautification project in May. We are currently looking for individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring a beautiful flower basket on the decorative light poles on Market Street. The flowers will be planted, installed, and maintained by Jimmy Dickson at Greenscape Landscape Company. A limited number of baskets are available this year and interested sponsors can email wendy@downtownpkb.com for more information or download the form from our website.

We’ve also scheduled our Cleanup/Greenup event for Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m.-noon at Bicentennial Park. Downtown PKB’s Design Committee will be working hard to improve the aesthetic appearance of our downtown by mobilizing civic-minded community members and businesses to take part in our efforts in planting flowers and cleaning up downtown on this day.

In addition, interested community members or organizations that would like to participate in the Adopt-a-Pot program this year can do so by going to the Projects page of our website (downtownpkb.com), download the form, and email it to me. Flower pots will be assigned on the day of our planting, Saturday, May 8. Flowers will be provided for the pots and we ask you to help maintain the pot (water and weed it) from May to October. All forms need to be returned no later than May 7th to wendy@downtownpkb.com.

Finally, our organization is working on updating the decorative pole banners with new artwork and will be installed later this spring for a fresh look to complement our new flower baskets.

For more information on these projects, how to sponsor a project, or volunteer with our organization, check out our events on our Facebook page or go to our website.

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Wendy L. Shriver is the executive director of Downtown PKB.

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