The Greater Severna Park Council kicked off a cleanup and beautification campaign this week -- and plans to make it an annual event.
The campaign, which will continue through Oct. 24, is the first organized effort to coordinate planting flowers and beautifying neighborhoods in Severna Park, said council President Pat Troy.
The effort opened with an area cleanup, with trash deposited at a container at the Severn School parking lot. The county donated trash bags and use of the trash bin.
The trash bin will again be available at the school parking lot on Oct. 24, the last day of the campaign.
During the next four weeks, dozens of communities and groups will be working on beautification projects, from improving the median of Route 2 along the Severna Park corridor to landscaping in front of homes and businesses, said Carol Romano, the GSPC's beautification campaign chairwoman.
The campaign's goal is to make "every place in Severna Park brighter and more cheerful," said Ms. Romano.
One project that the GSPC hopes communities will emulate is the beautification project at the old railroad station on the bike trail. There, members of the Severn River Garden Club, under the direction of beautification chairwoman Patty Goodwin, planted pink and gold flowers and dozens of green plants. The garden, enclosed by a white picket fence, creates a verdant oasis in the middle of busy Severna Park.
"This is a good example of what can be accomplished with a little effort," said Ms. Romano.
To help communities and individuals with their projects, the GSPC is sponsoring a commercial horticulturist, who will speak about low-maintenance landscaping at a public meeting at the Severna Park library Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Other completed projects include landscaping by the Kiwanis Club at the Severna Park post office, where the median strips between the parking lot and the road were planted with flowers and bushes.
A number of local businesses have helped out with the campaign.
The owners of Blanchfield Nursery donated mulch for beautification projects. Others, including Ace Hardware, Park Place Wine and Liquor, Casa Bella Italian Restaurant and Dawson's Liquors, have made donations to the campaign. Ms. Romano said she hopes others will contribute.
Boy Scout groups have volunteered to help communities that need help with the physical labor of clean-up; communities requesting such aid should contact the GSPC.