Project Partners: PennDOT, Allegheny College
Greening the Gateway
is a community greening project designed by Allegheny College students
and accomplished in collaboration with the PA Department of Transportation
(PennDOT). Located on Rt. 322/Rt.6 along PennDOT's maintenance building
property, the project's goals were to beautify and enhance the area, educate
the public about native plants, and help restore a sense of pride in the
As with any project, Greening the Gateway has been a learning experience. After the plantings weathered the first winter, some problems were identified and CEED and PennDOT searched for solutions that would help improve the health of the plantings. For instance, during winter many of the plants were harmed by salt that was intended for the highways. Beginning in the winter of 1999-2000, the shrubs were covered with burlap to protect them from the harsh winter weather. Make a Difference Day volunteers helped with the new plan.
Fortunately, spring volunteers discovered that the protective burlap had worked! The plants were in much better condition. Next, a CEED intern assessed the plants and performed an overall site evaluation. Recommendations for new plantings led to more experimentation with the site.
Greening the Gateway,
one of the first CEED projects, continues to be a challenge and a learning
experience in the Meadville community.