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Superior Initiative Completes First Planting

The Campus District on July 28, 2015 - 11:32 am in Features, Play

 

The Superior Initiative’s first Superior Avenue Tree Lawn Takeover is complete! On Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th. Superior Avenue residents and artists took charge and turned a dying tree lawn into a beautiful greenspace in the neighborhood.

This truly grassroots project started when a resident expressed concern over the state of public art on Superior Ave. Additional residents rallied to the cause and met with Land Studio and the City Architect’s office to see what could be done. It was decided to address the public art in the scope of the entire streetscape, and the Streetscape Team was formed. The team worked with Campus District staff to apply for and receive a mini grant from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ Organizers Allies group for the initial project of taking over their  first treelawn on Superior Ave. Once the grant was awarded, team members consulted with botanists from Cleveland Museum of Natural History and a landscape architect who donated their time to assist with choosing native resilient plants.

   

   

During the planting Superior residents and artists were joined by Campus District staff and area fraternities. Brothers from Omega Psi Phi and Cleveland State University’s Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma volunteered their time and became indispensable members of the group.

Thank you to our great Superior Initiative residents, artists, and fraternity brothers for helping out with site prep and planting this past weekend.  Thank you to Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Organizers and Allies grant, the Dominion Foundation, and Tower Press Development for providing funds for materials, to Pettiti’s Garden Center for discounting plant material costs, and to Burten Bell Carr Development Corporation, Downtown Cleveland Alliance Safety Ambassadors and Dave Reuse for sharing tools!

Stop by the southeast corner of East 19th and Superior in front of Artefino Cafe to check out the new landscaping. If you are interested in becoming involved in the planning or execution of future projects contact Kaela Geschke, community organizer, at kgeschke@campusdistrict.org.

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