Grant, Volunteers Bring More Greenery To TPAC Exterior

By: Sarah Plake Email
By: Sarah Plake Email

TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The outside of the Topeka Performing Arts Center is getting a facelift that is already visible.

Keeping America Beautiful of Shawnee County decided the outside of TPAC needed some sprucing up. The building is a destination spot for visitors and residents alike, and needed to be more appealing.

The organization applied for and received a $5,000 grant from Lowe's Home Improvement. A landscape plan was created and the money went toward buying 137 perennial shrubs, small trees and flowers to decorate the outside of the building.

"We are thrilled to partner with Lowe's and work with volunteers and our local Lowe's Heroes to help beautify the TPAC grounds," Executive Director of Keep America Beautiful Philicia McKee said.

A group of 30 kids gave their time to do all the heavy lifting and planting. They are delinquents or from group homes. Keeping America Beautiful has a list of different groups to contact for volunteer work, and the group homes responded to the call.

Organizers of the landscaping project say it'll have a positive impact that people didn't realize was needed before.

"I think it affects us strongly," Marge Heeney said. "We don't really realize it, but until beauty is added to the frame it's just unrecognizable until it happens, and we say hey, why didn't we do that a long time ago?"

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