Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beautification Day Press Release

Downtown Beautification Day is May 21

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club will decorate the downtown center and the Town Common for spring and summer on Saturday, May 21, starting at 8 a.m. Many volunteers and sponsors are needed to help with planting, mulch spreading, and costs associated with beautifying Franklin’s public spaces.
Event Chairperson Eileen Mason and the 2015 display on downtown bridge. 

Helpers will bring their gardening gloves and meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine, in the West Central Street parking lot next to the bridge. Community service hours are available for students; members of the Franklin High School hockey teams will again donate time to the beautification project this year.

According to event organizer Eileen Mason, gardeners and helpers will plant the barrels downtown in front of businesses and on the Common that day. Volunteers with trucks are needed to help pick up materials at 7 a.m. at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin.  

This is a fun and satisfying way people can give back to their community,” Mason says. “By making Franklin more attractive to those of us who live here and to visitors, we show we care about our town.”

Email Mason at to volunteer time or a vehicle.

Barrel outside The Rome Restaurant, 2014.
Student volunteers help out in 2014.
Mason adds that beautification efforts happen year round, not only two days per year. Planning, growing, maintaining and improving the summer and winter displays take and money.

“We count on the sponsors who support Beautification and help when we need to upgrade planters or replace displays. You don’t have to get your hands dirty, literally, to help us,” says Mason.

D.G. Ranieri Real Estate is a Gold sponsor, and Auerr, Zajac & Associates LLP is a Silver sponsor of beautification efforts. Interested sponsors can email or visit

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is celebrating its 15th year as a non-profit, 501©3 organization made up of businesses, residents and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership runs events such as the Strawberry Stroll, the October Stroll and the Holiday Stroll, and is involved in streetscape and design efforts, greenspace and sculpture projects. Learn more at