The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA) is declaring the week of July 3 as CDC Appreciation Week to recognize the Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation (CDC) for its commitment to Downtown Ashtabula. This will be preceded by a dedication on Thursday morning, June 29th at 9:00 am.
When the ADDA created its Streetscape Plan several years ago, a top priority was replacement of aging, unattractive planters with new, self-watering, fiberglass planters. Another priority was to add more benches in the downtown area. These priorities coincided nicely with the CDC’s 2015 Placemaking Campaign: "Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being."
Within a streetscape, street amenities help to create special pedestrian places, small plazas, and focal points – i.e. places where people can congregate and linger. ADDA President Josephine Misener commented, "It is my hope, with the addition of the new planters, flowers, benches, and whirligigs, we can create places downtown where people will want to come and spend time."