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Despite overcast skies that constantly threatened rain, more than 500 Ypsilantians are estimated to have helped beautify their community Saturday morning.
Saturday marked the 15th annual Ypsi Pride Day, where residents clean and refurbish their communities through work projects throughout the Ypsilanti area.
More than 30 cleaning and gardening projects were organized in local parks and neighborhoods in the city and township, in Depot Town, Downtown and Ford Lake. It was a day when local businesses and residents took time out for a little spring cleaning.
Organized by the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees in conjunction with the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce, the day’s title stands for People Restoring Image and Developing the Environment. It is funded primarily by donations from area residents and businesses.
Jane Carr, a past president for the Jaycees and chair for the event, said the group spent more than $1,200 on flowers that were planted in neighborhoods as far away as West Willow in Ypsilanti Township.
“It’s our biggest expense,” Carr said about the flower purchase.
Brian Vosburg, the director for both of Ypsilanti’s Downtown Development Authority districts said more than $6,000 was spent on flowers planted in Depot Town, Downtown and the Riverside Arts Center.
Local cleaning company Coach’s power-washed windows and entry ways for downtown businesses. Tom Fagan, the company’s founder said eight employees donated their time to use two trucks and get the job done.
At noon, when the projects were over, the day’s volunteers met up at Riverside Park at noon for a free lunch provided by area restaurants and businesses. The lunch, also organized by the Jaycees, provided workers with pizza, hotdogs, sausage, salad, breadsticks and beverages.
Soon after most people had made it through the line, the weather broke. The rest of the day was sunny without a gray cloud in sight.