Charm. Character. Safe, Clean & Green.
"It's important for people who live and work in the city to develop a sense of pride, and beautification is one of the ways you can do that. It's really key."
- Michael Gilmartin, Safe, Clean & Green Committee Chairperson
Beautification efforts change the landscape, improve curb appeal, reduce graffiti and bring the community together. To ensure that the natural beauty of Courthouse Square and the Downtown Business District is well-maintained, the Safe, Clean & Green Committee spearheads a variety of projects with community partners, including plantings, clean-ups, recycling and curb-appeal initiatives, and public art projects. Ongoing initiatives include:
50,000 Flowers and Counting
In partnership with Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County, volunteers have planted 50,000 flowers in 100 planters in downtown Scranton. Expect to see even more planters in the downtown business district this season. Older fixtures have been replaced with new, self-watering planters featuring a water reservoir to keep flowers hydrated for up to six weeks.
In an effort to make a great first impression on those entering the city via Mulberry Street, Scranton Tomorrow spearheaded a maintenance program for the Mulberry Islands — the green space along this important thoroughfare. With support from Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County and community volunteers, including NET Credit Union and The University of Scranton, we’re diligently working to improve our city’s gateway. Following the initial site clean-up, the group hosts quarterly maintenance sessions to keep the area clean, safe and green.
It’s time for new banners in the Electric City! In 2019, Scranton Tomorrow will launch a program to give the downtown a cohesive look with re-designed banners that will enhance the charm of our historic downtown.