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Discussion on Greenfield beautification Monday

GREENFIELD — How do we put the “green” back into downtown Greenfield?

A talk Monday night, hosted by Greenfield’s Tree Committee and Department of Planning and Development, will address the matter.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, in the Arts Block, Paul Cawood Hellmund, president and director of the Conway School of Landscape Design, will discuss the revitalization and beautification of Greenfield, as well as its environmental resilience. Eric Twarog, director of the Department of Planning and Development, will also participate in the talk, which will encourage audience participation as well.

“Ever since Greenfield lost its elm trees and became auto-dominated, we have been striving to recapture that grace and beauty on Main Street and in our parking lots, and to be more integrated with our ecosystem,” said Nancy Hazard, member of the Tree Committee.

Two students from the Conway School recently completed a study of downtown Greenfield, and produced a report containing several proposals for enhancing the area’s streetscapes. This, and other plans for downtown Greenfield, will be discussed.

The report may be viewed at tinyurl.com/akdh7qg.

Cawood Hellmund looks forward to Monday’s event.

“Greenfield has many ecological assets and the potential to benefit even more from them as citizens work to make the town more sustainable and resilient,” said Cawood Hellmund. He said he’s eager to discuss the town’s potential, and hear from its citizens.

Monday’s event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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