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Creating Alley Day

If our town and business owners could ralley together and try just one alley, (let the homeowners and business owners petition which one with Main Street Assoc.... i.e. "Why my Alley"), it could set the trend for the others and this could get accomplished over a period of time, one alley a year or every other year if that's too much on everyone to organize.

Niles Alley Day - A community project!

We could get donations and have a big work day (with sign ups in advance?)

People/things needed to get this started are:
1.  A detailed map of the alleys (I could arrange for this)
2.  A design team (maybe 2-3 people) to draw up some plans and find out if
we would need any approvals from the city to do something like this... and
to consider if there are ADA considerations or if we can go forward as
they are.
2a. Find out if the City can offer any funding and if so, how long it
would take (1 year, 3-5 years or 10?)
3.  A review group (to make sure the design is do-able in one day)
4.  A team to get donations of cobbles or bricks, etc. or maybe just
plants for the first one (??)
5.  The donations and trucks to haul them
6.  Someone to pick a date that works for lots of people!
7.  People to sign up and promote the day
8.  People to prepare the ground in advance (possibly)
9.  People to show up on the day
10.  People to continue the work after the day in case it doesn't all get



Hardest part is the maintenance
Being one who has tried to maintain her "part" of the alley (Victory Lane at J), I have to say that the hardest part is the maintenance... and the watering of plants. Remember that BFI uses the alley's - perhaps they could somehow contribute to their maintenance. Their truck drove over the ages-old rosemary bush that sat at this corner, and I probably have made it worse by trying to take out all the dead wood (although it was kind of pretty when the nasturtiams were growing on what is left...). Years ago, Matt Edwards laid a soaker hose back there, and that has helped in the watering area, as long as I can remember to hook a hose up to it at least biweekly. But, since I did this myself, I take ownership for it, and I get pleasure from seeing it at least somewhat planted. While I applaud the effort suggested, there will have to be some ownership for maintenance.


Posted – 09/11/05 9:30am by Lynn R Slater

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