Group seeks to bring back flower baskets

February 19, 2013

By Staff

The Downtown Issaquah Association wants to bring hanging flower baskets back to downtown, and is asking for your help.

Budget constraints in the past few years have meant the city hasn’t been able to fund the baskets along Front Street.

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Greg Spranger installs a banner on a Front Street lamppost in 2002 to complement the hanging flower baskets at the Mercantile Building. The city discontinued the baskets in recent years due to budget cuts. The Downtown Issaquah Association is seeking community support to bring them back.
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“These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said in a press release. “Many individuals and merchants want them back.”

The DIA is working with a local nursery and maintenance company to bring the baskets back in time for Mother’s Day.

“Our goal for this year is $10,000 to fund 40 baskets,” the release said. “This cannot happen without your support.”

People are being asked to donate at one of three levels:

  • a $1,000 donation will get you a 24-by-16-inch banner placard with your logo on it to hang on Front Street.
  • a $250 donation covers the cost of one basket and maintenance for five months. Your name will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website.
  • for a $50 donation, DIA will send your mother a Mother’s Day card saying a contribution was made in her honor for a flower basket in downtown Issaquah.

The deadline for this year’s baskets is March 8.

Contributions made after that date will go into a general beautification fund. Donate at www.downtownissaquah.com.

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