Downtown beautification underway
Flower pots added to street corners to make area more attractive
Downtown Baldwin is in the beginning stages of a facelift.
Pots of flowers have been added to the downtown street corners, and the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce beautification committee hopes that's just the first step in improving the visual appeal of Baldwin.
"There's been a renewed interest in downtown," Sally Nixon, beautification committee member, said. "The time has come that we try to spruce it up a little."
The chamber's beautification committee is comprised of Nixon, Sandy Cardens and Stacy Cohen. Their goal is to make downtown a little more attractive.
"We want to make the whole downtown area more inviting to visitors," Cardens said.
The committee began its improvements with the addition of the flower pots on High Street at the Seventh and Eighth street intersections.
Baldwin resident Teja Curry planted a combination of flowers and herbs in each pot, and kept them watered the first week after planting.
But the pots currently located downtown are only temporary.
"We really just wanted to get something out for Art Walk," Nixon said.
The committee is planning on purchasing much larger concrete pots. The pots will be around 30 inches tall, Cardens said, and can be used year-round.
"We're hoping to have something in them for every season," she said.
The permanent pots should be in place, she said, by early fall in time for the Maple Leaf Festival.
The committee is first focusing on the intersection at Eighth and High streets, she said, before branching out and adding to downtown.
"As funds become available, additional pots and flowers can be added," she said.
The first flower pots were purchased with money from Irene Murphy's bequest to the city for downtown beautification and from the Stephens Reality Holiday Homes Tour.
But Nixon said donations from the community would also be needed to continue making downtown improvements.
"Little by little we hope to spruce it up," she said.
The Baldwin community can become involved in more ways than just donating money, she said.
"We're still working out the watering situation. It's a very big job," she said. "We need volunteers or businesses to help."
She said volunteers are especially needed on the weekend when many businesses aren't open.
Those who would like to adopt a flower pot or volunteer to water can call Nixon at Discoveries Tuesday through Saturday at 594-3420.
Those who would like to contribute money to downtown beautification can make donations to the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce's beautification committee.
Nixon said a lot of businesses have already done some of their own beautification, but more can be done to make Baldwin more attractive.
"It just adds an inviting, endearing feeling when you add greenery," she said.