Rose Hill gets spruce-up

The Covington News - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

More roses now flour­ish in Por­terdale’s his­toric Rose Hill com­mu­nity thanks to a grant from Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful given to the Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance Re­lief Ef­fort pro­gram, a non-profit that as­sists with com­mu­nity projects in Por­terdale.

C.A.R.E. re­ceived a $1,000 grant from KCNB — an en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion in New­ton, for the com­ple­tion of its land­scap­ing pro­ject of plant­ing roses in the Rose Hill His­toric Dis­trict. The grant helped to buy about 60 rose bushes, which were planted at the south bank of North Broad Street Satur­day morn­ing by alumni of the Por­terdale Po­lice Acad­emy, city work­ers and vol­un­teers.

C.A.R.E. Chair­man and Por­terdale city coun­cil woman Linda Fin­ger said C.A.R.E also re­ceived a $1,000 grant from KCNB last year.

That grant helped to pay for the ini­tial plant­ing of roses at Rose Hill as vol­un­teers from C.A.R.E., the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia’s Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents, and cit­i­zens were all in­volved in the land­scap­ing ven­ture.

Fin­ger said C.A.R.E part­ners up with other agen­cies fre­quently to com­plete beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects. She said the or­ga­ni­za­tions goal is to make the city look bet­ter. She added that in ad­di­tion to the land­scap­ing ef­forts Rose Hill, the city of Por­terdale also has other on­go­ing projects that are tak­ing place in or­der to beau­tify the town.

Por­terdale Mayor Ar­line Chap­man is con­tin­u­ing to place Lit­tle Free Li­braries — small dec­o­rated boxes with books, around the city for the com­mu­nity to en­joy, Fin­ger said.

“That’s been a big pro­ject of hers and it is great. Peo­ple are re­ally us­ing them,” she said.

In ad­di­tion, Fin­ger said the city has built up its parks for chil­dren in the com­mu­nity. She said be­tween all the dif­fer­ent projects, the city is look­ing to get back to its “old glory.”

“For so many years, it’s been you know, just run down and it’s a team ef­fort,” she said. “Ev­ery­one is work­ing to­gether… and it looks great when you are com­ing into the city.”

Fin­ger said the city is also work­ing to beau­tify the down­town area. She said the city’s hope is to at­tract more busi­nesses to the area, and said of­fi­cials will also be rolling out a plan to en­cour­age peo­ple to buy homes in Por­terdale.

“Typ­i­cally when peo­ple own their homes, they take a lit­tle bit more pride in it,” she said.

Fin­ger also said C.A.R.E for the sec­ond year in a row re­ceived a pal­let of 5- gal­lon paint buck­ets from Valspar Paint, which would help to paint the ex­te­ri­ors of homes in the area.

“So far, we’ve sup­plied paint for 12 houses,” she said. “We al­ready have the paint on hand, so any­one who is in­ter­ested in do­ing that, we’ll cer­tainly make it pos­si­ble for them.”

“It’s good to see progress. I think it is a good morale booster for the res­i­dents to see what we are do­ing.”

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

C.A.R.E. vol­un­teers, alumni of the Por­terdale Po­lice Acad­emy, and city work­ers.

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

Vol­un­teers Kaylee Canoles, Marie and AJ Reid ad­mire the flow­ers they helped to plant at Rose Hill.

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

Freshly planted roses at Rose Hill lead the way into the city of Por­terdale.

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