Make-It-Happen Program Launches
Residents of the Colquhoun Street neighborhood are invited to a block party October 22 to learn about a community beautification project in their neighborhood. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and features free food, information, and the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer at a clean-up day. The event will be held outside in the 600 block of Colquhoun Street.
Led by the Dan River Basin Association and partners: Allison Platt & Associates, the City of Danville, the Danville Science Center, Galileo Magnet School and the WW Moore Juvenile Detention Center, the project features a stream clean-up and creation of a natural space along the stream.
The project will improve a neglected section of the neighborhood - to create an area that people will use, enjoy and maintain. It enhances redevelopment work in the river district, according to organizers.
Danville Regional Foundation has invested $10,000 from its "Make It Happen" grant program to complete the project.
A highlight of the "Stream Team" project is student involvement. The project features opportunities for students at both the nearby Galileo and WW Moore schools to work with adult mentors on aspects of the program, organizers said. Educational activities include environmental sampling, landscape planning and planting, photography and writing. Students will also work with a video editor to create a documentary of the project.
With this event, organizers will engage the people who live and work in and around Colquhoun Street in a clean-up day and also to get their input on the project. The clean-up event is scheduled November 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with November 4 (1 - 4 p.m.) being the rain date.
To volunteer, please call: 540 493 0477.
A December date will be announced for a third event celebrating completion of the project and for viewing the documentary.
Additional information is available at the Dan River Basin Association or from any of the partners.