Another round of beautification projects is in the works for Davis Park in downtown Charleston, the city's Municipal Beautification Commission learned Tuesday.
Kanawha Garden Club officer Beth Robey told the commission that the club has four projects identified so far for the third and final phase of the club's involvement with the park.
Since late 2011, the Kanawha Garden Club has been working to spruce up the park, including cleaning up benches and caring for flora throughout the area. However, the club's partnership with the city for work in the park is scheduled to end late next year.
Three of the projects Robey suggested to the commission centered around the gazebo, which Robey said suffers from mold and moss growth because of its shaded location. One of the goals of the gazebo projects is to increase the attractiveness of the structure.
First, the garden club wants to look into removing some of the trees near the gazebo to allow more sunlight to reach the gazebo and allow remaining trees to grow healthier canopies, Robey said.
"There are some trees that are healthier than others," she said.
Tim Forren, a member of the commission who has been active in the Davis Park rehabilitation work, said if trees are removed, it wouldn't detract from the overall aura of the park.
"I don't think we'd even notice it," he said.
The club is also proposing painting the ceiling on the interior of the gazebo a robin's egg blue color and put decorative lighting around the top of the gazebo that will remain year-round.
Besides the gazebo, the club is also in the process of developing new banners for the entrance to the park.
The commission approved the purchase of the lights, but wanted to hold off on other decisions until commission members visit the park next week.
Robey said once the club ends its involvement with the park, the club plans to leave the city some funding for continued upkeep of the park.
In other business, the commission:
* Heard a presentation from City Manager David Molgaard about the continuing project to construct bike lanes along Kanawha Boulevard.
Molgaard said the city is still in the design and development stage for the bike lanes, and wanted the commission's input on beautification projects in relation to the work.
"I know the Municipal Beautification Commission has always been active and does a great job with plantings on the Boulevard," he said.