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Six Community Beautification Projects Awarded 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Grants

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Six Community Beautification Projects Awarded 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Grants

CHICAGO (July 6 2016) - The South East Chicago Commission (SECC), in partnership with Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) and Hyde Park Bank, A Wintrust Community Bank, today announced the six winners of the 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Grants. The recipients will further the program’s goal of creating high-impact neighborhood beautification projects, as other community schools, religious congregations, community organizations, park advisory councils, and block groups have done since the grant’s inception in 1999.

“This is one of many ways the SECC and our partners commit to improving the quality of life in our footprint neighborhoods, and we could not be more pleased with the response from the community. We received 15 applications for this year's Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program, so there is clearly a need for funding small community beautification projects,” said Wendy Walker Williams, SECC Executive Director.

The grant committee selected the following projects for the strength of their proposals and the breadth of potential impact:

*62nd Street Garden: A Good Fences, Good Neighbors project to install a fence on the east side of the garden location at 62nd Street and Dorchester Avenue. (Woodlawn)

*Blacks in Green: Orchard of Ancestors’ continuation of a 2015 landscaping project at 61st Street and St. Lawrence Avenue. (Woodlawn)

*Cornell Park Advisory Council: Installation of the Cornell Park Nature Area & Kiosk, located at 54th and Cornell, with a focus on native plants. (Hyde Park)

*Chicago Public Arts Group: To complete the 57th Street Underpass Mural by installing the two final mosaic panels. (Hyde Park)

*Washington Park Chamber of Commerce: 55th Street Business Beautification Project to include landscaping and installations along the Garfield Boulevard/55th Street corridor on vacant and business lots. (Washington Park)

*William Hill Garden/Gallery: Continuation of the 2015 Dorchester Botanical Project along the Metra tracks at 6400 S. Dorchester Ave. (Woodlawn)

“With so many amazing projects, it was not an easy task to select the final slate. The committee was truly inspired by the creativity, passion, and dedication that all of the applicants bring to their communities. We are confident the completed projects will inspire civic pride and be springboards for further enhancements,” stated SECC Board Member Jennifer Bosch, who chaired the grant committee.

Please contact the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926 or via email at to learn more about the 2016 awardees and their projects.