WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Warren’s “Lots To Love” program has set a goal is to improve vacant lots in the city. On Saturday, one project took a big step from vacant to vineyard.
More than a dozen people used the first day of Spring to “dig in” to a vacant lot in Warren.
“We just started our Lots To Love program, where we’re giving applicants throughout the neighborhood the opportunity to come in and do vacant lot re-use: Pocket parks, gardens, vineyards, whatever they want to do,” said Trumbull County Land Bank Program Manager, Shawn Carvin.
Saturday was the Vineyard Project. The volunteers shoveled out rocks and gravel to get the ground ready.
Amy Bell lives nearby and is looking forward to the results.
“Just different things around it to spruce up the neighborhood a little bit. There are other neighbors that have been doing some stuff too. So we just wanted to join and bring some more life into it as well,” said Bell.
A few streets away, the GROW program was holding a garden resource workshop. The program manager wants to get 250 gardeners involved for the second year of GROW.
“I think we’ve seen a lot of positive change. I think we’ve seen a decrease in litter. We’ve even seen a decrease in criminal activity around some of the gardens,” said Sheila Calko, GROW Program Manager.
“Because if people care about it, and they see someone vandalizing it, they’ll either call the police or they’ll get out and say ‘hop it,'” added Frank Abbott, Landscape Project Manager for Vineyard on Vine.
On Vine Street, all the hard work on the vineyard should start bearing fruit, when the grape vines come in later this spring.
“I think it’s great. I was born and raised in Warren, so it’s nice to see some life coming back into the area. People are really buying into it and doing different things, making it look nice. It’s just awesome to see the community coming together,” finished Bell.