Group of volunteers starts beautification
May 3, 2018
The Wahkiakum Blooms made their debut on Main Street this week with Phase I of their downtown beautification project. This project was started last fall with a brainstorming session to put together a strategic plan to encourage visitors to spend more time downtown creating more activity for local businesses.
Under the leadership of Donna Beaupre, Kelly Patterson and Alyssa Joiner, other community members were asked to join the committee and offer their input. In January we visited with Nancy Chenault, President of Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Castle Rock has been working together on their downtown beautification efforts for nine years and are currently winning national awards for their efforts. Dan Silverman of Skamokawa Gardens helped with the selection of pots and plants that were hardy and easy to grow.
A detailed plan was put together, the pots and the flowers were ordered and on Monday April 30th the committee placed the pots around town and planted the flowers. Nancy Chenault advised that we would need combined community support for a successful outcome, so were pleased to see that Tammy Peterson had made a trip to Skamokawa Gardens and with Dan's help had selected identical flowers for the pots in front of the courthouse, and Mary Hanigan had done the same for the Hanigan Law Offices flower boxes which always look great. It's going to be a beautiful summer downtown Cathlamet, let's get ready for Phase II.