To support ongoing visual enhancements, the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pride Inc. and the city of Alton each recently donated $600.
This donation helped fund 20 new, 26-inch planters used to decorate Broadway in downtown Alton. They are a welcome addition to the hanging baskets along College Avenue, Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee Chairwoman Carolyn MacAfee said. The square, black planters have a window pane style. They were put into place Tuesday, May 19, and filled with petunias, sweet potato vines and elephant ears to add a splash of color to the historic streets of Alton. The baskets are maintained by The Upper Alton Association along with the North Alton Godfrey Business Council.
“I am very excited about the new planters,” MacAfee said. “They make a very nice statement as they welcome visitors to the city down Broadway. It’s a nice addition to the baskets and other planters across the city.”
The Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee is a group of citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council whose goal is to enhance Alton’s overall visual appearance and the quality of life in the city. It schedules biannual litter pickups throughout the city, the next one being in September. Members also visit parks and help with park maintenance and assist in planting new flowers. The ABCCC is also responsible for the hanging baskets.
For information on the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, visit www.visitalton.com/about-arcvb or call (618) 465-6676. For information on the Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee, visit www.alton-il.com/abccc.