Collaborative effort to give Lincoln Avenue neighborhood a facelift

July 30, 2014

Staff Report

Project Facelift is back. The project is a collaborative effort spearheaded by ENGAGE, a Division of Christ in Youth, located in Joplin, Missouri. Now in its fourth year, Project Facelift is committed to bettering Rockford … one neighborhood at a time.

This year, more than 170 volunteers have come to Rockford from around the country to give the neighborhood in the 300, 400, 500 and 600 blocks of Lincoln Avenue, along with the adjacent Heath Street and Weldon Street properties, a facelift.

The work includes painting, plantings, tree trimming, debris removal, cleaning of adjacent alleys, and an addition to the playground that was installed in the 300 block of Salter Avenue during the event last year.

The work will be completed before noon, Thursday, July 31, and a celebration will follow. The celebration will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of New Zion Baptist Church, 604 Salter Ave. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration and view the improvements made by the volunteers.

Project Facelift 2013 highlights are found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo-5hYu9Rz0.

From the July 30-Aug. 5, 2014, issue

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