Fayette County

City grant will help green up neighborhoods

Cleaner streams and shade-covered neighborhoods will result from 24 projects being partially funded by a $50,000 city grant.

Neighborhood associations will install community gardens, clean up streams and plant trees, Mayor Jim Newberry announced Monday.

The Department of Environmental Quality set aside $50,000 for the matching-grant program in its first year. The matching grants ranged from $600 to $2,500.

One recipient, the Port Royal Neighborhood Association off Alexandria Drive, will use its $2,500 to plant trees along the banks of Wolf Run Creek, which runs through the neighborhood.

The new trees will accent a meditative labyrinth that the association built near the creek last fall, association president Ginny Miller said.She described the creek as "definitely an asset in our little neighborhood."

The Hamburg Homeowners Association received $2,500 to install a rain garden in the West Wind subdivision to prevent silt from washing into a natural spring in the soon-to-be-built Liberty Park.

The spring, which is now hard to find, was once a source of drinking water for thoroughbred horses on Hamburg Place. Old images of the spring show it to be "crystal clear," neighborhood president Darren Hawkins said. The neighborhood hopes to restore it to its natural state, he said.