Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Downtown Development Corp. seeks donors for new flower baskets on Memorial

It costs $85 to fund a flower basket in Downtown Idaho Falls this year.

The remodel of Memorial Drive took place last year in the late fall, which means no one has seen it in its summer splendor.

To maximize the effect, for tourist and townie alike, the Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corp. is looking this year for people or businesses to help fund 42 hanging baskets on the Greenbelt. This is in addition to the 76 baskets that will be hanging from light poles downtown.

Cost of sponsoring a basket is $85. Bob Everhart, DDC's executive director, said he is confident they will get the money they need for downtown baskets, but admitted that finding the money for 42 new ones represents a challenge ($3,570, to be precise).

Still, once summer arrives the results ought to be worth it. "Combined with the city planters on Memorial, we think the baskets will make the Greenbelt look amazing," he said.

Anyone who sponsors a basket gets a sign that hangs by it. "You can have your business name put on, your family name, or donate a basket as a ‘gift’ and have their name placed on the sign," said Mala Lyon, the contact person with DDC.

For more information, call (208) 535-0399 or e-mail Lyon at mala@downtownidahofalls.com.