Atlantic group prepares to plant more than 5,000 petunias


May 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says the Atlantic Downtown Beautification Group, in association with the City of Atlantic’s Community Promotion Commission (CPC), will plant more than 5,000 petunias during the sixth annual “Atlantic: A Great Place to Put Down Roots” event on Tuesday, May 15th, from 4 to 7 p.m. Officials say hundreds of volunteers will beautify Downtown Atlantic and City Park by planting flowers provided by Hy-Vee, and reviving the many flower beds.

Funds to purchase the flowers come from the City through the Local Option Sales Tax. A team of workers gather to plant and maintain the beds over the course of the summer. Volunteers will receive a free meal at the Rock Island Depot following the planting in appreciation for their time and efforts.

In order to participate, volunteers must sign up by May 11th at 5 p.m. by calling the Chamber at 243-3017. Former volunteers are encouraged to wear their planting t-shirt from previous years to celebrate the longevity of the Spring Planting event. Businesses, service organizations and families of all ages are encouraged to take part. To register for the event, call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce or email, with the name of your volunteers.