Flower power: Downtown Inc creates fund to support urban beautification in York
Support for landscape stewardship has blossomed in York City.
Downtown Inc CEO Silas Chamberlin announced Tuesday the creation of the Downtown York Landscape Stewardship Fund during a meeting sponsored by the downtown improvement organization at the Capitol Theatre.
Managed by the York County Community Foundation, the fund will serve as a way provide maintenance to public art and aid Downtown Inc’s annual flower plantings, Chamberlin said.
The fund will also support Downtown Inc’s part-time Clean-Up Crew, which is deployed daily in different zones in York’s central business district and collects, on average, 14 tons of litter each year.
"What this fund does is make all of those projects sustainable," Chamberlin said.
The landscape stewardship fund is starting with a $26,000 balance, with money coming from the York County Community Foundation ($5,000), the Kinsley Family Foundation ($13,000) and Better York ($8,000), an organization that focuses on public safety and economic development in the city. Better York also plans to provide a $4,000 donation next year.
"We believe that a vibrant York City is an important part of a sustainable, vibrant York County," Tim Kinsley, president of Kinsley Properties, said. "While work has focused on new buildings, we thought we could contribute to the public space between the buildings and the streets. Clean sidewalks, pleasant landscaping and well-maintained street art combine to create attractive public spaces that will only enhance the work of so many other small business owners, developers, financial backers and private individuals alike."