YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Hundreds of volunteers were working side by side Saturday to improve downtown Youngstown.
Volunteers were armed with their gardening supplies to help beautify the gateways to the city.
The spruce-up day has grown dramatically in size with more than 600 volunteers – and also in scope.
“We’ve been at this for 18 years. In those beginning years, there were a couple dozen people who came out to do this,” said Sharon Letson, Youngstown CityScape.
John DeFrance, with the American Institute of Architects, said the number of areas addressed by the group has greatly expanded.
“It used to be just West Federal, and then it went beyond that,” DeFrance said.
Today that included Harrison Common – a park just east of YSU in the Smoky Hollow neighborhood.
Volunteers think all their hard work is paying off. There is a lot more activity in the business district compared to ten years ago.