By Conrad Dudderar
Efforts to beautify Yukon’s downtown business district have received yet another boost.
The Yukon 66 Main Street program has been awarded grants through Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) partners Lowe’s and OG&E.
“We qualify for these grants because we are a registered ‘Great American Cleanup’ event,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said. “Keep Oklahoma Beautiful makes it easy to apply for grants through their partnering organizations.”
A Yukon spring clean-up and planting day will be Saturday, May 14 along Main Street.
The Lowe’s equipment grant will provide a leaf blower for clean-up efforts; the OG&E grant will pay for planting materials in brick planters.
“Keep Oklahoma Beautiful also gives us supplies, including vests, trash bags and gloves,” Davis said.
These are the latest grants awarded that will help spruce up Yukon’s historic Main Street corridor.
KOB announced two grants last month, one to purchase trash receptacles, benches and planters; the other to help fund a 21-foot by 50-foot cultural mural on the east side of a City of Yukon building at 528 W Main.
Yukon 66 Main Street was eligible for these environmental and roadside beautification grants because it became a KOB affiliate in 2021.
Coordinator of the May 14th spring clean-up and planting day is Stephanie Hale, a member of Yukon Main Street’s Design Point.
“This ties together everything our Design Point is doing in regards to beautification,” Davis said. “It’s not just murals and public art.”
Volunteers will sweep sidewalks, pull weeds from sidewalk cracks, pick up trash, wash storefront windows, and perform general cleaning.
The City of Yukon’s Stormwater Department helps with debris removal.
TACKLE A LARGER AREA
The 2021 Great American Clean-up covered the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street, including the downtown alleys.
“We had 40 volunteers last year; we’d love to double that number this year,” Davis noted. “This will help to tackle larger area of downtown.
“We’ll soon start recruiting more volunteers to expand the clean-up area.”
Individuals, families, businesses, churches, and civic groups – along with Yukon Main Street merchants and property owners – are welcome to pitch in.
The May 14th Great American Cleanup event in Yukon will be eligible for KOB’s 2022 Environmental Excellence Celebration awards.
Previous KOB grants have provided paint, supplies and materials for Main Street property improvements.
Other funding sources include an “adopt-a-bench” program, special events, fundraisers, and public donations.
The Yukon 66 Main Street Association’s mission is to preserve and enhance Yukon’s rich-cultural heritage, provide an entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and position the Main Street district as a destination.
For more information about cleaning up downtown Yukon, call (405) 350-5999 or visit www.yukon66mainstreet.com