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A Record 355 Hanging Flower Baskets to Dress Downtown’s Streets for Sixth Season

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Syracuse, NY - Beauty is blooming in Downtown Syracuse for the sixth consecutive season. Tuesday, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. began installation of 355 hanging flower baskets outside of the Downtown Security & Information Center, located at 440 South Warren Street (map). As the week continues, members of the Downtown Committee Environmental Maintenance staff will continue to install the baskets throughout the Cathedral Square, Hanover Square, Clinton Square, Armory Square and Salina Street neighborhoods. A record 355 hanging flower baskets, adorned with purple petunias from Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses – a Downtown Farmers Market vendor – will dress up downtown’s streets, bringing visible signs of vibrancy to downtown as the summer season starts.

The hanging flower basket program has expanded more than five times from the size of what it was when it began as a pilot program in 2011. That first season, the Downtown Committee partnered with the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association to install 72 baskets along four downtown streets: East Jefferson, South Warren, Montgomery and East Onondaga.

“The hanging flower baskets are a symbol of the pride that our downtown constituents have in their neighborhoods,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “We always look forward to ‘Flower Basket Installation Day,’ and many people have told us they see this day as a sign of summer’s arrival in Downtown Syracuse.”

The hanging flower basket program is sponsored by more than 40 downtown businesses and property owners, including the Cathedral Square Association, the Armory Square Association, M&T Bank, Key Bank, JF Real Estate Inc., Partnership Properties, Inc., Barclay Damon, First Niagara, The Oncenter, MONEY Federal Credit Union, Cushman Wakefield Pyramid Brokerage, AXA, Paramount Realty, CBD Companies and Onondaga Tower. The hanging flower basket program is part of the Downtown Committee’s overall beautification efforts. For more information, please visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/flowers

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