CID takes new strides in Downtown beautification

Antonio, a member of the CID Landscape staff, spends his days working to beautify Downtown Kc.

Antonio, a member of the CID Landscape staff, spends his days working to beautify Downtown KC.

Clean, Safe and Green have long been the mantra for the Community Improvement Districts, but they have been joined by an ambitious commitment to beautify Downtown and the River Market one tree well at a time.

“Every day, more and more people are walking the city’s sidewalks, as they make their way from home from work, to run errands, to shop or to enjoy a performance,” said Mark Rowlands, director of the CIDs. “In that spirit, we have created a new opportunity for businesses and residents in the Central Business District and River Market to help us make their streetscapes more colorful and welcoming.”

The CID Tree Well Adoption program is contributing to the beauty of streets and sidewalks in the Central Business District and River Market.

The CID Tree Well Adoption program is contributing to the beauty of streets and sidewalks in the Central Business District and River Market.

The Tree Well Adoption program is designed to create teamwork and esprit de corps within local businesses. This project is designed to enhance property aesthetics, promote sustainability and improve the walkability of Downtown and the River Market.

The CIDs, in partnership with the City of Kansas City, are spearheading this effort to encourage business owners and property managers to invest in the beautification of their front entrances or buildings to create a welcoming “front door.”

“By adopting a tree well(s), you will demonstrate to your tenants, clients and customers that you care about your building and the neighborhood,” Rowlands said. “The program is off to a fast start this spring and summer.”

The City Landscape crew recently – and beautifully – landscaped several tree wells in the CBD and River Market kick off the CID’s Tree Well Adoption Program initiative, including wells outside of Copaken Brooks (Town Pavilion and 1201 Walnut); Executive Hills (One Main Center); and three more on 3rd Street on the south side of Old Townley Lofts.

In the next few weeks, the City Landscape Ambassadors will be improving wells on 12th Street in front of City Hall, on the north side of the Kansas City Board of Education and the north side of the Bartle Hall loading docks near Broadway.

“We believe this is a great new program to beautify the neighborhood and get residents and business to help play a role,” Rowlands said.

The CIDs have enlisted the talents of local landscape architects from BNIM, Confluence, KCMO Parks & Recreation and Vireo to develop a Recommended Plant List that includes plant varieties that will thrive in the urban environment and require low maintenance.

“In other words, we will be doing the heavy lifting on this project,” Rowlands said.

Multiple planting plans have also been created to take the guesswork out of how to create an impactful display. We have designed the program, so your team can have fun designing, planting and caring for you tree well(s). It is only limited by your imagination.

For more information on how to sponsor your own tree well, contact Rowlands at (816) 979-1081 or email at mark@downtownkc.org.