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Project Pride of North Tonawanda completes downtown rain garden plaque project

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Tue, Jul 7th 2020 05:15 pm

Project Pride is a North Tonawanda grassroots, volunteer-driven organization that strives to promote identity and pride among the residents and business people in North Tonawanda by focusing on the beautification of the city’s downtown area and Oliver Street corridor. The signs were installed to educate the community on the importance of rain gardens.

Project Pride completed its efforts with the help of its dedicated board members and volunteers, including Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec who completed the design work; and ASI Signage, which provided the fabrication for the plaques. The project funding was made available through a grant administered by the East Hill Foundation. Project Pride noted these informational plaques are designed to educate the public on the benefits that rain gardens have to offer the city: serving as a natural water filter, filtering pollutants before the water reaches storm drains and local bodies of water.

“Even with the COVID restrictions this summer, our members were still happy as ever to complete this signage project and were just as excited to carry out the plantings downtown,” Project Pride President Steve Surawski said. “We’re overcoming every obstacle and are currently in the planning phase for many other impactful community projects to come in 2021.”

Due to the evolving situation surrounding the pandemic, Project Pride did not seek sponsors for its annual summer plantings throughout the Oliver Street corridor and downtown, acknowledging the fiscal stress on many of the local businesses that usually participate. However, the organization was still able to carry out the annual planting project.

For more information on the group, visit facebook.com/ProjectPrideNT/.

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