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Broad Avenue gets needed attention

May 9, 2006

Albany -- The beautification project of one half mile of West Broad Avenue in Downtown Albany is the final stages. Over the last six years, the street has been resurfaced, curb and storm drains improved, and now the medians are being landscaped.

To help lead the planting project, city leaders called on the President of the Albany Garden Club to lend her enthusiasm and green thumb.

Garden Club President Becky Johnson has a passion for gardens, and thinks Albany needs more. "You do something so simple, and it gives you so much pleasure. And it's so beautiful, it just gives you a lot of satisfaction."

At the Mayor's urging, Johnson and the Albany Garden Clubs volunteered to help with the $75,000 landscaping project. It has been at least forty years since there has been any beautification on West Broad Avenue.

Now Johnson is leading city workers and prisoner's from Lee State Prison in planting the medians. She picked out native plants that are drought and disease tolerant. "Southern, which is mondo, asphsdastra, and indica azaleas. The continuity of using those three plant materials will carry through all eight medians," Johnson said.

The Mayor's Task Force for Community thinks making Albany beautiful with plants will attract people and with them economic growth. Johnson said, "It makes you want to visit, it makes you want to drive down this street."

The West Broad project is scheduled to be completed May 20th, Armed Forces Day, when everyone in the community will be asked to plant the final median. "I think this is just the beginning. I think this is the beginning of more to come."

City leaders earmarked funds and acquired grants for a number of road beautification projects. The next will be the Liberty Bypass, starting at North Slappey.

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