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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2014

Heritage Courtyard beautified

By STACI ANN WILSON WRIGHT | Jul 03, 2013
Heritage Courtyard parking lot before clean up ... [see gallery for 'after' photo]

The Fairfield Beautification Commission has launched its annual adopt-a-spot program with help from employees of Cambridge Investment Research Inc.

The commission enlisted the help of company employees who completed several cleanup and beautification measures at Heritage Courtyard last week.

Beautification commission chairperson Nancy Horras (who submitted the photos at right) said the entire parking lot north of the courtyard was cleaned up. Weeds were pulled and power washing was done. Graffiti was removed from the public restroom facilities and the backsides of several businesses adjacent to the parking lot were painted with cooperation from business owners. Funding for the 15-gallons of paint came from a grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful and Diamond Vogel Paints.

“The courtyard looks great,” Horras said. “They did a super job.”

With the kick-off event complete, the annual adopt-a-spot program will run from July 7-20. During this time, Fairfield residents are encouraged to join in the citywide clean-up campaign. Horras said residents should focus on improving their own properties first, and once that is done, adopt-a-spot by offering to help improve the properties of friends, family members, neighbors or the community.

“Basically, we want to promote a cooperative effort to clean Fairfield up,” Horras said. “We want to create an awareness about the way our city looks. Sometimes when you live here, you become blind to how things look.

“We want people to look at things with a fresh, critical eye,” she said. “Sometimes, we all get a little lax.”

While RAGBRAI’s scheduled sojourn through Fairfield later this month will provide residents with a large-scale opportunity to showcase the town, Horras said the cleanup efforts are more about making a good first impression on anyone who visits at any time.

“We want Fairfield to make a good first impression, not just for RAGBRAI but every single day,” Horras said.

The commission’s hope is that improving curb appeal will be contagious.

“People really do notice when you make improvements,” she said. “You drive the same route to work everyday, and you notice when someone does something to their property.”

Horras said improvements don’t necessarily have to be costly or extensive. Even the smallest actions can make a difference in the appearance of the city, she said.

“When you’re out for your evening walk, pick up litter as you go,” she said. “These little things can have a big impact.”

If you would like assistance in adopting-a-spot, contact Horras at (641) 472-2688 and she will provide information about community landmarks in need of some sprucing up.

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