Make Gahanna Yours – A City Beautification and Pride Initiative
Established in March 2016, Make Gahanna Yours began as an idea we all share: citizen-volunteers and businesses working together to improve our history-rich community. Purposed with identifying and implementing projects to promote the quality of life in the City of Gahanna, by beautifying the community and creating family-friendly volunteer opportunities.
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Make Gahanna Yours is a citizen-driven, volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) organization and All members serve without compensation or term limits, and all of the work performed is done on a voluntary basis.
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WHAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH AND WHERE
This committee hopes to rekindle pride and promote the quality of life in Gahanna by creating, participating in, and supporting activities and programs that improve the physical and aesthetic environment throughout our community by:
- Educating the community about Gahanna’s environmental assets and how to enhance and protect them.
- Serving as a liaison and resource for residents, schools, businesses, organizations and city government.
- Acting as advocates for the civic and natural environment.
- Advocating a high standard of community cleanliness, maintenance and attractiveness.
- Encouraging and promoting partnerships and participation of residents and businesses in improving our community.
PROJECTS WE HOPE TO COORDINATE INCLUDE:
- More resident/business partnerships/participation in the City
- Empowering local service organizations (Kiwanis, Lion’s Club, Jaycees, Historical Society, VFW, etc.) to match up/tap their resources with specific projects
- Planting and maintaining planters and hanging flower baskets and planters in Olde Gahanna and other areas of the City (to emphasize our Herb Capital of Ohio designation)
- Neighborhood and citywide litter control programs and clean-up days in conjunction with Earth Day and Arbor Day
- A new Beautification Recognition Program and “Bright Spot Awards” (Yard of the Month) for each of Gahanna’s four Wards
- Fundraising for year-round, city-wide holiday decorations and lights
- City-wide tree planting to support our Tree City U.S.A. designation
- Encouraging residents to make sure their house numbers are prominently displayed on all residences for safety services
- More community participation on Independence Day (4th of July) without utilizing city resources (neighborhood floats, garden tractors, kids on bicycles in parade; pet parade; Cruise-In with food trucks; free admittance to Gahanna Pool with games (family Picnic at the Pool); Cornhole tournament; sack races/face painting/dunk tank/fish pond/giant bubble blowing for kids; homemade craft booths (only homemade, no big name companies); photo shoot boards; basketball shooting contests; softball/volleyball/soccer tournament; skateboard demonstration at Shull Park; fishing derby in Big Walnut; food trucks and GMAC activity truck; ice cream social, fun run in morning before parade, etc.)
- Implementation ofCivic Opportunity and Outstanding Leadership (COOL) Award, a recognition program that honors grassroots projects started by residents to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods;
- Make Gahanna Beautiful Poster Contest with all entries displayed at Municipal Building – get local businesses to donate prizes
- Installation of US Flags in entryway medians on Hamilton Rd. and Rt. 62 on May 25th(before Memorial Day) and June 29th (before 4th of July)
- An “Art-Up” Project where local students, kids of all ages, and other community members paint eyesores in the City. Beautification Works!
- Replace light pole banners throughout the City
- Encourage neighborhood block parties to get to know your neighbors
- Volunteers to paint murals on unappealing exterior walls/surfaces in Olde Gahanna and in underground parking garage
- Partnering events with schools in community events to foster importance of “getting involved” with younger generation