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Friday, May 31, 2019

Contact: Andrew Haan, President, 269-344-0795

Spring Spruce UP DOWNtown volunteers beautify downtown Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI— Nearly 170 volunteers took time to invest in the beautification of Downtown Kalamazoo last Thursday, May 23, during the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership’s first annual Spring Spruce UP DOWNtown.

Volunteers signed up for morning and afternoon shifts to tackle specific tasks and key projects throughout the Downtown, including picking up trash, planting flowers, mulching, weeding, pruning, painting and power washing. Volunteers spent hours working in Downtown’s prime public spaces, including planting and landscaping along Kalamazoo Mall, painting and landscaping in the Arcadia Creek Festival Place, and weeding and mulching along Bates Alley.

A total of 169 volunteers completed an aggregate of 612 hours of work across over the course of the day, covering more than 80 blocks of Downtown streets. Accomplishments included:

• 768 flowers and grasses planted
• 40 planters and garden beds filled
• 30 cubic yards of mulch distributed
• 40lbs of grass seed planted
• Newly painted playground at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place
• More than 200 buckets of trash collected along more than 80 blocks of street

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the community come out and work together toward a common purpose,” Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership President Andrew Haan said. “Without a doubt, the dedication of our volunteers is what made this event a huge success. Community members from in and around the Downtown pitched in to pick up trash, paint, trim plants, and plant flowers to give the Downtown new vibrancy after winter. Volunteers really gave it their all, and we are fortunate to be part of a community that brings their best effort to make Downtown shine.”

The Partnership wants to thank all of the businesses, community organizations, and individuals that signed up to participate in last week’s event. A total of 25 businesses and community organizations brought out teams to invest sweat equity into Downtown, including the following:

Bronson Corporate Communications
Central City Parking
City of Kalamazoo
Communities In Schools
Discover Kalamazoo
Eckert Wordell
Encore Publications
Gazelle Sports
Greenleaf Hospitality Group
HMS Companies Inc.
Jaqua Realtors
Kalamazoo College
Lewis, Reed & Allen, P.C.
LightSpot, LLC
Miller-Davis Company
MRC Industries
Plazacorp Realty Advisors, Inc.
Southwest Michigan First
Teel Jewelers
The Foundry
Tudor House Tea and Spice
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region

For more opportunities to volunteer, individuals, businesses and organizations can sign up for the Downtown Developments newsletter or contact our office at 269-344-0795.

About Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership

Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is a private, non-profit organization that works with both the public and private sectors in preserving and enhancing the economic health of Kalamazoo’s downtown area and, in turn, the Kalamazoo community. In conjunction with its affiliate organizations, it manages a full range of activities that include capital improvement projects, business development and recruitment programs, image marketing and event planning in order to establish Downtown Kalamazoo as an accessible, diverse, green, progressive and vibrant urban center. For more information, visit downtownkalamazoo.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.