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Downtown gets done up

Kylie Faith, 4, planted geraniums and other flowers downtown during last weekend’s spring clean-up in downtown Port Orchard. - Kenny Gatlin Photo
Kylie Faith, 4, planted geraniums and other flowers downtown during last weekend’s spring clean-up in downtown Port Orchard.
— image credit: Kenny Gatlin Photo

About 30 people gathered downtown Sunday to help the Port Orchard Bay Street Association’s spring clean-up.

Organized by Custom Picture Framing owner Mallory Jackson, the group began met at noon and launched into tasks like cleaning windows, picking up trash, hanging flower boxes and planting flowers.

City Councilmember Jerry Childs helped out Sunday by hanging new flower boxes he said had been specially designed to fit in the indentations left in the poles downtown by beams that used to support the infamous blue marquee.

“They are brand, new boxes, and there was a rail up there before,” Childs said.

He described the number of people as a “good turnout” and guessed there were more people for this year’s clean-up than last year.

“It’s growing every year, along with the enthusiasm” he said, explaining that the work was rewarding because “you can see the results right before your eyes, and see the potential come to life.”

Childs said he also appreciated that a mix of people gathered last weekend.

“All kinds of groups came together, including the merchants, the neighborhood association, City Councilmember Jim Colebank, and both Mayor Lary Coppola and former Mayor Kim Abel,” he said.

Since the beginning of boating season corresponds with spring, Jackson and the merchants are preparing to welcome boaters downtown.

Boating season begins on May 3.

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