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Beautification: BigBelly Comes to Main Street Groveland

Do you remember learning about the Groveland Beautification Project based on a grant awarded by the Clean California Act? The Yosemite Chamber of Commerce applied in partnership with Groveland Community Services District (GCSD). Since then, have been investigating product options, talking with local businesses and property owners, and gathering input from experts and municipalities who have already implemented a Beautification Program.

Well, here we are… in the final stages. We have the permissions to place the ground and hanging planters, install the locally-made reclaimed wood benches, and fabricate the locally-made ground planters. What’s even more exciting, we have chosen BigBelly solar-powered compacting stations like those in the photo. They’re designed to reduce the waste output which is both ergonomically and environmentally friendly.

But…yeah, when you look at them, they’re boring. But not for long.

We are excited to share these garbage/recycling units will soon become works of art! What?? Garbage and recycling receptacles becoming works of art? That’s exactly right. The Beautification Committee is proud to share that we have six incredible local artists who are in the process of creating and original design…one for each duo receptacle. The designs will be a combination of historical and current photography and original artwork showing what our own community and our surrounding area has to offer both residents and visitors alike. It’s truly a community effort and we’re proud to introduce the artists: David and Christina Wilkinson, Dharma Barsotti, Melissa Stewartt, Hailey Reynolds, Art students from Tenaya Elementary School, and Shirley Horn.

Each set of receptacles will be wrapped with the artwork from one of the artists. There will be QR code to scan to learn about the artist as well as a QR code to scan in order learn about the design itself. Pretty exciting, right? So stay tuned to this space and the Yosemite Chamber FB and IG pages and you’ll learn more as we have more to share.


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