The Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts are at it again. Above-ground planters, benches, and trash receptacles are showing up on the sidewalks; tree wells and sidewalk pavers are being repaired; fire hydrants and pedestrian lights are getting a fresh coat of paint; new trees fill once empty tree wells, and additional landscaping beds bring life and color to Downtown.
These projects, made possible with funding through the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC), are being performed by the CID Ambassadors in addition to the basic clean and safe services they provide daily. The Ambassadors are able to take some of the burdens off of the City with these capital improvements, visitors and residents enjoy a better downtown experience, and the Ambassadors learn new skills in the process.
In the two years, the Ambassadors have been working on the PIAC projects in both Districts, they have improved 120 tree wells, fixed 200 linear feet of sidewalk pavers, painted 68 pedestrian light poles, repainted 96 fire hydrants, planted 96 trees, and added 1,200 linear feet of landscaping. In addition, they have installed 36 Streetscape Master Plan approved trash receptacles, 20 new benches, and 40 above ground planters in key locations throughout the River Market and Downtown.
May 2011 will be the beginning of the CID’s third year working on these projects and the Ambassadors are ready to get started. If you would like to make a recommendation for the 2011-2012 CID PIAC projects, please contact Mark Rowlands.