The 2019/20 year was a great challenge for civic improvements. With the onset of Covid-19, and our state mandated quarantine, many of the projects we normally planned to accomplish were left undone or put "on hold". Nevertheless, our civic committee members rose to the occasion and forged forward in an effort to keep our town beautiful and a welcome sight for family, friends and visitors.
- Conferred with Parks and Recreation Coordinator, Mary Ellen Barnes, in an effort to keep our parks and islands looking pristine.
- Scheduled two, all-member workdays in the fall and spring to clean up Town Park on Main Street, Dickinson Park, the islands at the Foot of Main and the end of South Main. Although we had good intentions to complete these tasks, our spring clean-up was cancelled due to the quarantine.
- Holiday Greens from generous donors were once again gathered by all members of the Essex Garden Club. These greens were used to decorate merchant window boxes, urns, and planters along Main Street in Essex and Centerbrook. This year the gazebo at Town Park was adorned and illuminated with hundreds of mini lights. It was a beautiful sight to behold and will hopefully become a new tradition.
- Red and white impatiens, blue salvia and purple petunias were planted in several beds at Town Park, and Foot of Main by garden club members who followed established guidelines by "donning" masks, and working six feet apart; all in an effort to make these areas spectacular. A huge HOORAY for each and every member who worked so diligently.
- Pink Mandeville and purple petunias were planted at the Silent Policeman for all to enjoy. Two large ceramic pots filled with red and white geraniums and blue salvia were planted at the entrance to Town Park.
- Four large planters located at the West Avenue entrance to Town Hall were planted with red and white impatiens and Limelight Sweet Potato Vine.
- A watering schedule was established for the summer months for civic improvement committee members in order to maintain the beautiful plants at the Foot of Main, the island across from that area and at Town Hall.
- 940 red, white, and blue annuals were purchased and delivered to many Essex and Centerbrook locations. These included the Essex Fire Department, the Ancient Order of Weeders, Centerbrook Post Office, Ivoryton Village Gardeners, and the Essex Ambulance Association.