Downtown Committee Expands Beautification Program
Syracuse, NY – The Downtown Committee of Syracuse has expanded its popular hanging flower basket program to include Hanover Square and parts of the heart of downtown area, tripling the number of baskets that were hung during the pilot program in Cathedral Square last year.
Two-hundred and twenty hanging flower baskets have been installed along East Water, East Washington, South Warren and Montgomery Streets in Hanover Square; South Salina, West Washington and West Fayette Streets in the heart of downtown, as well as the blocks that served as the pilot program last year in Cathedral Square: East Jefferson, South Warren, Montgomery and East Onondaga Streets. The baskets contain impatiens from Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses, a Downtown Farmers’ Market vendor. Different color flower baskets have been hung in each of the neighborhoods to differentiate the areas.
“We are excited to expand our hanging flower basket program to even more of downtown Syracuse,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “The feedback we got from last year’s program was extremely positive and encouraged us to expand this highly visible program.”
The Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association partnership was used as a model when the Downtown Committee began to explore expanding the program. The Hanover Square Association will supplement the maintenance cost for the Downtown Committee’s maintenance staff to tend the baskets in their area throughout the season, just as the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association will supplement the maintenance cost in their area again this year.
The expanded hanging flower basket program is part of the Downtown Committee’s overall program to beautify the downtown streetscape.