Michael Harthorne
Neighborhood volunteers work April 17 on three of the 27 planters that will be installed on the median ends along 14th Avenue Northwest.

14th Ave. planter project takes shape

Crews of neighborhood volunteers braved the rain April 17 to install six of the eventual 27 city-donated planters in the median ends at the intersection of 14th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 60th Street as part of the East Ballard Community Association's Adopt-A-Street Cleanup.

The planters, three on each median end, were set in new gravel and filled with soil donated by Cedar Grove and various plants. The RE-Store installed metal mounts in the pots that can be used to hang banners and other artwork.

"It's making it feel like it's all worth it," said Dawn Hemminger of the East Ballard Community Association. "It's a lot more work than we all thought."

She said it's a great feeling to see her neighbors come out and work together, which is what projects like this are all about.

Volunteers working on the planters said they will beautify 14th Avenue, which has always been a bit of an eyesore. The planters will help with safety by preventing cars from parking too close to the median ends, improving visibility for traffic and pedestrians, volunteers said.

The East Ballard Community Association will begin installing the rest of the planters, which will cover the median ends on 14th Avenue from Northwest 59th Street to Northwest 63rd Street, in a few weeks, Hemminger said.

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