Rain barrels looking even better for Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

— The town of Dewitt is joining forces with CNY Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters to offer rain barrel painting assistance for residents of the Franklin Park and Park Hill neighborhoods.

Residents of these neighborhoods are eligible for up to two free rain barrels as part of a grant from the Onondaga County Save the Rain program to the Town of DeWitt. The purpose of the grant is to help reduce flooding and stormwater runoff in these flood prone neighborhoods. Residents who attend a workshop on June 19 will not only be able to receive a free rain barrel or two, but will have the opportunity to paint their rain barrel on their own or with assistance from a member of CNY Decorative Artists.

The workshop is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the evening of Thursday, June 19 at the town of DeWitt Community Room, 148 Sanders Creek Parkway in East Syracuse. The first 45 minutes of the workshop will be devoted to proper use, installation and maintenance of rain barrels. The rest of the time will be available for painting for those inspired to do so. Folks are welcome to include their children or grandchildren in the rain barrel painting. Registration is not required but is appreciated.

The postcards residents of eligible neighborhood received in the mail will serve as the admission ticket. Contact Amy Samuels of Onondaga Environmental Institute to register or if you have any questions; asamuels@oei2.org or 443-1757. And, if you are part of a group, a block association or a neighborhood organization that is active in the Park Hill or Franklin Park neighborhoods, please consider co-hosting a future rain barrel workshop. You can contact Samuels to discuss details.

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