Dublin City Council approved five applications submitted for 2022 Beautify Your Neighborhood Grants at the most recent City Council meeting. The grant applications were first reviewed by the City’s Community Development Committee, which recommended approval.
The Beautify Your Neighborhood Matching Grant Program was established in 2011 to provide funding assistance on an annual basis to support Dublin Homeowners Associations and Civic Associations in enhancing their neighborhood with high-quality, sustainable beautification projects that benefit and enhance the Dublin community.
The approved 2021 budget for these grants was $32,000. The total amount of grant funds requested from the five applications is $25,215. Projects were approved for the following neighborhoods:
- Village at Coffman Park ($4,840)
- Killilea ($3,977)
- Hawks Nest ($5,000)
- Heather Glen ($1,398)
- Tartan West ($5,000)
- Llewellyn Farms ($5,000)
Village at Coffman Park
This project is located at the main entrance to the neighborhood. It will replace two wooden benches and lattice structures located east of the pond with two new six-foot aluminum benches. Two benches will also be installed under the gazebo at the main entrance. All existing plants in the beds near the benches will be removed and replaced. Some will be salvaged and moved to other empty mulch bed areas around the pond.
The project is located at the neighborhood entrance at the intersection of Dublin Road and Killilea Court and seven cul-de-sac islands located within the neighborhood. The proposal includes the removal of seven maple trees and stumps. Gold gingko trees will be planted on the two large islands as well as the main entrance to the neighborhood, while ivory silk Japanese lilacs will be planted on the five smaller islands. Additionally, three rosey glow barberry shrubs will be planted on each island.
This project is located at the easternmost entrance located at the intersection of Muirfield Drive and Cormorant Drive. The project will remove the existing crabapple trees, grasses, juniper, perennials and raised plant beds. The crabapple trees will be replaced with five native flame hornbeams for year-round color. Additional new plantings will focus on deer and disease resistant plants which will provide year-round color. A new layer of mulch will be installed in addition to reusing soil from the removed raised plant beds and rototill. Ten tons of weathered limestone ledgerock and a professional grade, energy-efficient outdoor lighting system with 13 landscape up-lights and 5 path lights will be installed. In addition, the existing irrigation system will be repaired.
This project will make improvements to the median at the neighborhood entry. The project will remove two dead/dying Spruce trees followed by the grinding of their stumps. Both trees will be replaced with two autumn blaze red maples within the allowed grace period. The trees will be planted at least 20-feet apart and away from the existing honey locust tree. The honey locust will be continuously maintained and pruned.
This project is located on the north side of the entrance to the Tartan West neighborhood. It will remove the intrusive ivy ground cover, reduce the landscape bed size and add sod, replace the missing oak tree and add various plantings including five limelight hydrangea and 20 grey owl junipers. Mulch and soil bed will be added to deter weed growth, river rock will be added to either side of the path to aid with water drainage and flooding which occurs on the walkway and the ground lights will be replaced around the pergola with stick lights that match the rest of the neighborhood.
The project will revitalize ten entry walls and landscaping beds in the neighborhood, located at six entry locations. The project will repair and clean the existing walls of the entryways, as they are all currently crumbling and in disrepair. The project will also refurbish the existing landscape beds. The current plants located in these beds are two decades old and overgrown in many instances. The shrubs will be replaced with new shrubs including pyramidal boxwoods and hydrangeas. The proposed flowering shrubs will be a combination of deciduous flowering hydrangeas, varying in size. All new materials will be planted in groupings, which will be more appropriate for the scale of the beds.
About the Grants
The first Beautify Your Neighborhood Grants were awarded in 2011. Since then, City staff has worked with numerous associations to identify possible beautification projects and assist in application preparation. Potential projects include entry features enhancements with new signs and lighting, updated landscape beds, benches, removal of invasive species and art installation among others.
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