360 flowers planted downtown

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Submitted to the Optic

Eighteen community volunteers were out on Saturday adding soil and mulch to all the planter boxes downtown.  

“Four of the hardest working volunteers were from San Miguel County Detention Center,” said Cindy Collins, executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas. “We dug up each planter box and added extra soil, filled them with 360 flowers purchased from Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance’s Flower Power Sale and the city of Las Vegas Waste Water Department followed with effluent water, and then we topped them off with mulch.”

The planter box project is sponsored by Southwest Capital Bank.

“The City of Las Vegas  will water each Friday with effluent water and business owners have been asked to save their water to augment the weekly watering,” Collins said.

“Restaurant owners already have a plan:  El Rialto, JC’s Pizza and Charlie’s are putting left-over water from each table into a bucket to water their planter boxes. We hope all the businesses will make sure their planter box thrives and brings some color to our downtown.”  

Helen Blythe said, “When you volunteer, you certainly take a vested interest in the project. I loved working with the diverse group who showed up. I plan to carry an extra water bottle with me as I walk to work each day on Douglas. Joelyssa Montoya had never planted a flower and was so proud of her work that she convinced her family to get in the car and take a tour of all the planter boxes.”