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Calling all beautification volunteers to get digging

Last year's Dig in for the Downtown Waterfront District. (Photo: Greater Downtown Council)1 / 2
Last year's Dig in for the Downtown Waterfront District. (Photo: Greater Downtown Council)2 / 2

June is a busy month to get in our summer beautification projects. The Greater Downtown Council takes pride in preparing Duluth's central business district for the season. It was an honor to organize volunteers recently to assist with cleaning graffiti from a blighted property in our downtown. In just a few short hours, a team of volunteers from the Clean & Safe Team, Painters Local 106, IBEW 242 and the Duluth Police Department were able to paint over boarded-up doors and windows at the tax-forfeited Kozy site at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East. This is a shining example of taking care of our neighborhood.

And now we're looking for green thumbs to help us as we prepare for the 14th annual Dig in for the Downtown Waterfront District. Actually, you don't even need a green thumb to assist with this flower planting project as city staff will be on hand to provide guidance and expertise. We are looking for individuals who are willing to give about two hours of time to plant flowers in more than 120 streetscape planters on June 1. City crews will then move those planters to the sidewalks throughout downtown and Canal Park for the summer season.

Gather your colleagues and turn it into a fun team-building exercise. Call your friends and neighbors to enjoy a few hours of digging in for a good cause. Your short commitment to volunteer provides a lasting impression on the Downtown Waterfront District throughout the entire summer season.

This annual beautification project is a favorite of mine. It truly shows how we can all come together for the betterment of our downtown. While the volunteers lend a hand planting, our property owners provide the funding support for the flowers. City crews take the lead in cleaning the planters and moving them out onto the sidewalks. Our Clean & Safe Team does an amazing job maintaining them all summer long.

And when the work is done, typically in less than two hours, the Inn on Lake Superior will again provide a free lunch to all volunteers. So grab your gardening gloves and tools to Get Downtown!

Join us at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1 in Lot D, just west of Bayfront Park.

Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth.  Contact her at 727-8549 or by email at kstokes@downtownduluth.com.

Kristi Stokes

Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549.

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