SPRINGFIELD, OH (Aug. 9, 2018) – A cooperative effort to bring some sunshine to an abandoned industrial site is beginning to blossom on the southwest side of Springfield. This week, the first bloom appeared in a sunflower field in the 500 block of West Euclid Avenue, just east of the Little Miami Trail bike path.
Keep Clark County Beautiful, National Trail Parks and Recreation District, the City of Springfield, and the Clark County Land Bank worked together to clear the field, plant the seeds, and cultivate the flowers. The Land Bank had acquired the property as part of its mission to revitalize vacant and blighted properties. The factory on the site had been demolished several years ago, and the Land Bank had the remaining concrete foundation slabs removed. The other agencies worked together to buy and plant the seeds, prepare the soil, and cultivate the growing plants.
The organizers hope the sunflower field will replace a blighted plot with beautiful flowers that can lift the spirits of residents and attract visitors, especially people riding or walking on the trail. The field should be in full bloom within a couple of weeks. The Keep Clark County Beautiful Facebook page will post periodic updates on the progress of the blooms.
In addition to their aesthetic appeal, sunflowers perform many useful functions. They provide food for birds and bees. The center of the flower houses thousands of tiny florets that contain nectar and pollen, which are food for the bees. The bees in turn pollinate flowers. Sunflowers also help to renew soils by filtering out unwanted materials.
Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031