Oakman flower project to beautify town streets

Posted 5/16/18

 OAKMAN — Residents and visitors in Oakman will soon notice some pops of color in the downtown district.The Adopt a Flower Pot program is the town's newest effort to increase community pride …

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Oakman flower project to beautify town streets


 OAKMAN — Residents and visitors in Oakman will soon notice some pops of color in the downtown district.

The Adopt a Flower Pot program is the town's newest effort to increase community pride and beautify their sidewalks, and they are getting students at Oakman High School involved in the project.  

Oakman agriscience teacher and FFA advisor Grant Nichols, along with seven students, visited downtown Oakman last Friday to deliver four wooden flower planters they made to jumpstart the Adopt a Flower Pot Program. Community member David Kelly donated the wood for the project, and students designed and built the planters. 

Kelly said it's their design that will be used for future flower pots that will be built by he and other community members and placed throughout downtown.

"David said this is something he would like to see us take part in," Nichols said. "We always try to do some community service projects."

Kelly said the town will own all of the flower pots, but they are asking community members to volunteer their time to maintain the pots and plant flowers in them. Residents that live on Market Street or Main Street are asked to call Oakman Town Hall at 205-622-3232 if they are interested in maintaining a pot at their residence.

"It must be maintained, it must be a live flower plant, and the pot itself belongs to the town, but you just adopt it," Kelly said. "You're making a commitment to help beautify your area, as well as the town."

When a community member adopts a pot, they are also responsible to purchasing the flowers that will go inside. Town Clerk Lockhart said assistance can be provided, however, to people who can't afford flowers or those who may need some help to care for them.

"If it's an older person who has a hard time planting, the town street department will be glad to help," she said.

The first four flower planters built by Oakman students will be on display at street corners downtown for community members to visualize the colorful aesthetic the Adopt a Flower Pot program can provide. Soon, they are hoping multiple flower pots will be visible along Market Street and Main Street.  

"It's something that helps build spirit within the town," Kelly said. "We're just going to try to beautify the area."

The flower planters are being built with treated material that will provide extended life. Kelly said if the program is successful, they would like to have flower pots in other areas of the town.

Oakman FFA student Carah Woods helped build the flower pots and said she's happy they could do something positive in the area. 

"It makes you feel good, because you know that you're helping people and making it a better place," Woods said.

In the coming months, Kelly said he would like to place hanging flower baskets in downtown Oakman as another beautification project.