Downtown Blossoms With Beauty for Fifth Season
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Beauty is blooming in Downtown Syracuse for the fifth consecutive season. This morning, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. began installation of 334 hanging flower baskets outside of the Downtown Security & Information Center, at 440 South Warren Street. As the week continues, members of the Downtown Committee Environmental Maintenance staff will continue to install the baskets throughout the Cathedral Square, Hanover Square, Clinton Square, Armory Square and Salina Street neighborhoods. A total of 334 hanging flower baskets, adorned with purple petunias from Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses – a Downtown Farmers’ Market vendor – will dress up downtown’s streets, bringing a visible sign of vibrancy to downtown as the summer season starts.
The hanging flower basket program has expanded nearly five times from the size of what it was when it began as a pilot program in 2011. That first season, the Downtown Committee partnered with the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association to install 72 baskets along four downtown streets: East Jefferson, South Warren, Montgomery and East Onondaga. Each year since, the program has expanded to include additional downtown neighborhoods.
“We always look forward to flower basket installation day,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “We hear such positive feedback from downtown residents and employees when the baskets go up. Many people have come to recognize it as a sign of summer downtown. In the last five years, we’ve seen the hanging flower baskets become a symbol of the pride that our downtown constituents have in their neighborhoods.”
The hanging flower basket program is sponsored by more than 30 downtown businesses and property owners, including the Cathedral Square Association, the Armory Square Association, M&T Bank, Key Bank, Hiscock & Barclay, First Niagara Bank, AXA, The Oncenter, Partnership Properties Inc., JF Real Estate Inc.. The hanging flower basket program is part of the Downtown Committee’s overall beautification efforts. For more information, please visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/flowers. To keep up with all Downtown Committee programs, please follow the Downtown Committee on Facebook (Downtown Syracuse), Twitter (@downtownSYR) and Instagram (downtownsyracuse).