Installation of 330 Hanging Flower Baskets Begins Today Kicking Off New Beautification Efforts
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Syracuse, NY - Beauty is blooming in purple petunias throughout Downtown Syracuse for the eighth consecutive season. This morning, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. began the installation of hanging flower baskets throughout the central business district. The ceremonial first hanging flower basket was placed outside of the Galleries on South Warren Street (map) just after 9:00 am.
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. In total, 330 flower baskets, adorned with purple petunias from Downtown Farmers Market vendor Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses, will dress up Downtown’s streets, bringing signs of vibrancy to Downtown Syracuse to unofficially welcome the summer season.
“We always look forward to ‘Flower Basket Installation Day,’ and it’s amazing how it’s become a tradition for our Downtown community,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “We hear every year from Downtown employees and residents just how much they look forward to seeing pops of purple throughout their neighborhoods. It’s become a sign that summer is just around the corner.”
The hanging flower basket program is sponsored by more than 50 downtown friends, businesses and property owners, including the Cathedral Square Association, M&T Bank, Key Bank, Paramount Realty Group, Center Armory Shops, Armory Boys, LLC, Barclay Damon, Barclay Damon Tower, CBD Companies, Cushman & Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company, Hancock Estabrook LLP, Hueber-Breuer Construction, JF Real Estate, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, MONEY FCU, Partnership Properties, Rapid Response Monitoring, TCGPlayer.com, Citronelle, Lemon Grass Restaurant & Bistro Elephant, The Sutton Companies, Jefferson Clinton Hotel and the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn at Armory Square.
This year, the tradition has a new twist. In March, the Downtown Committee received a $5,000 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant from Keep America Beautiful. The grant allows the Downtown Committee to implement a new litter prevention campaign that includes the purchase of 20 new powder-coated steel cigarette butt receptacles, which will be placed in various locations throughout Downtown Syracuse over the next week. The first placement coincides with the placement of the first flower basket, directly in front of the Galleries on South Warren Street.
During the Downtown Committee’s Earth Day Clean-Up in April, cigarette butts were one of the most prevalent forms of litter picked up by volunteers. Recently, an on-site analysis of South Warren, South Salina, and South Clinton streets was conducted to obtain a preliminary count of cigarette butts before the receptacles were placed. The survey found almost 1,500 cigarette butts in the 400 block of South Salina Street alone! The findings of this survey, in addition to input from a task force - comprised of downtown residents, business owners and local leaders - helped the Downtown Committee determine where to place the new receptacles. In addition, the Downtown Committee will distribute hundreds of pocket ashtrays through major employers, bars, and restaurants, and will introduce a marketing campaign to stress that “Cigarette butts are litter, too.”
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse is one of 42 organizations to receive grant funding through the 2018 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The program, now in its 16th year, is the largest in the nation aimed at reducing cigarette litter. In the communities where it has been implemented, it has reduced the amount of cigarette litter by an average of 50 percent. According to the Keep America Beautiful program, cigarette butts are the most-littered item in the country, and account for about one-third of the litter found at storm drains.
Downtown Syracuse has seen a 77% growth in its residential population over the last decade, and as more neighbors move Downtown, many more “furry friends” also enjoy parks and sidewalks. In the coming weeks, the Downtown Committee and the City of Syracuse will place 10 signs reminding dog owners to curb the waste from their pets. In case dog owners forget to bring a waste bag, dog waste bag dispensers are located in M Lemp Park and along the Creekwalk for convenience.
For more information – or to learn how you can help support the year-round efforts of the Downtown Committee - please visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/donate.
About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district. The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe and accessible. For more information, visit www.downtownsyracuse.com.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.