It's been just a little over a month since the Neighborhood Improvement Committee installed the new Michigan-native landscaping next to the Ascent sculpture at the corner of Washtenaw and Riddle. Even with the incredibly hot weather of late, the plants for the most part seem to be taking! We were very fortunate to have our plant supplier able to provide large enough plants that we'll see blooms this year - in fact, we've already seen the penstemons, purple coneflower, and now the gayfeather bloom! Here are links to two photos taken Wednesday evening, http://wnalansing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2011-07-26-19.06.43-2.jpg and http://wnalansing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2011-07-26-19.05.51-2.jpg, but please feel free to stop by in person to see it yourself!
Having this project under our belts, the Neighborhood Improvement Committee would like to embark on a second closely-related project of converting the small right-of-way section at the intersection of Riddle and Chelsea into native plantings as well. This is the entrance of the main footpath to Riddle Elementary school and currently looks pretty uninviting with weeds, a rusted barricade, and a signpost. Additionally, and thinking about the city's budget for land maintenance, this seems like converting to something that wouldn't require a weed-whacker multiple times through the summer to keep in check would be good, too. If you're unfamiliar with how it looks now, here's a recent photo: http://wnalansing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2011-06-19-10.58.00-2.jpg. The WNA Board approved at the July board meeting to move forward with this project if the City is agreeable and Monday they were contacted for permission. As of right now, we await approval by Chad Gamble, Public Service Director. In the meantime, the Neighborhood Improvement Committee would love to hear from you if you'd like to help out with improvement projects (email improvements @ wnalansing.com) or would like to contribute financially (checks can be sent to "Westside Neighborhood Association", 1611 S. Genesee Dr. - put "Neighborhood Improvement" in the memo line).