Beautification of Pedestrian Crossings through Community Collaboration

June 26, 2020 01:35 PM
A community project involving several groups and individuals has grown nicely into shape in recent months at some of the city’s railroad crossings. Galesburg Rotary Club Sunrise, Galesburg Lumber & Construction Supply, the Garden Station, and retired firefighters have collaborated with the City of Galesburg to build, plant, hang, and maintain petunia boxes on the pedestrian mazes near the at-grade crossings on Academy, Broad, and Prairie Streets.
The Community Heart & Soul effort is rooted in the Galesburg on Track Action Plan. It reflects the community’s values of having a positive town image, being a welcoming community, and having things to do. Galesburg Lumber & Construction Supply donated the cedar box materials and the "Supertunias" were supplied by the Garden Station. Retired firefighters designed and cut the box components and Sunrise Rotary members did the assembly and planting while also doing daily watering and fertilizing. The ten boxes should brighten Galesburg’s rail crossings for summers to come. With the support and guidance of the city’s Public Works Department, this pilot project may extend to the other 10 pedestrian mazes at Chambers, Whitesboro, Fremont, and Mulberry Streets next year.
Community members wishing to join the fun in support of this or other civilian-led projects in Galesburg may contact a Rotary or Galesburg on Track member or call 309-299-6959.
Included in the photo: Back row left to right: Louise Wilder, Marcia Bullis, Scott Warren, Marty Reichel, Harrel Timmons, and Dave Marshall. Front row: Tom Simkins and Mary Burgland.


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