McDonough launches beautification program

The historic McDonough Square in Henry County. (Special Photo)

McDONOUGH — The city of McDonough has launched a new beautification project this month, known as “McDonough Beautiful.”

The program is designed to enhance the quality of life in the city, and was approved by the McDonough City Council earlier this year.

According to a release from the city of McDonough, the program has developed due to the interest and involvement of local business owners, residents and community members.

The program will focus on litter prevention, beautification and redevelopment.

Litter prevention efforts, according to the city, will be one of the top missions of the program, with initiatives including citywide clean-up days, regulation of donation boxes, addition of recycling receptacles and the Adopt-A-Spot program.

The program will also educate citizens on current city and county services, such as paper and electronics shredding events, paint recycling days, bulk item pick-up and chipper truck service, among other things.

Some of the city’s beautification projects will include the installation of McDonough Heart pocket parks and Let’s Meet conversational areas, hosting the Festival of Flowers and celebrating the arts through murals and art pieces.

Other beautification efforts that have already been completed include the recent renovation of the McDonough Welcome Center and the addition of map kiosks and bicycle racks near the McDonough Square.

The city’s redevelopment programs will provide resources to owners who need assistance with bringing their homes or businesses up to code.

Recently, McDonough City Council voted to update two city ordinances to support the McDonough Beautiful program.

The first revision will encourage consistent maintenance of properties relative to eliminating excess vegetation, while modifications to another ordinance will regulate community yard sales.

The city’s upcoming events for the program include:

• April 13: Global Youth Service Day: Local youth are invited to learn some history while beautifying the McDonough Cemetery. For more information, email mcdbeautiful@mcdonoughga.org.

• May 4: McDonough’s Great American Clean-Up: As a new member of Keep Georgia Beautiful, the city will participate in the Great American Clean-Up. Starting April 1, visit the city’s website to register your community, group, church, organization and indicate the location you would like to help with.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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