by Yvonne Bruce
The “Train Crossing” beautification project, begun in May by the Tremont West Development Corporation’s Safety Committee, was completed November 10, when Safety Committee chair Mike Koski and Safety Coordinator Andy Thomas finished the mural on the Willey Ave. railroad-overpass walls with a beautifully decorated stencil of the Tremont name.
The mural was the culmination of a months-long beautification effort on Willey Ave. between Scranton and Columbus. The Safety Committee’s achievements were made possible by a grant from Neighborhood Connections, an organization devoted to supporting grassroots initiatives in the Cleveland area, by terrific volunteer support, and by the donation of time and supplies by area residents and businesses. The Safety Committee removed tons of litter, including more than 300 tires and 45 garbage bags of waste, from the target site; weeded and cleaned the overpass area and the garden corner of Scranton and Train; and painted the new mural.
There were too many participants in our project to thank individually, but we want to recognize the following for their contribution:
- The Glidden Paint Company
- Patsy Kline
- Chris McGonnell
- The Tremont Gardeners
- The coordinators and volunteers of River Sweep 2013, including the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School students
Our greatest thanks go out to all the Tremont residents who worked so hard to haul, paint, weed, and clean. You’re the reason Tremont is the best neighborhood in Cleveland.