Youngstown CityScape organizes or is a partner in the following programs, projects and events:
Held the first Saturday after Memorial Day (with a fundraising kickoff event each Spring), Streetscape is an annual volunteer event that targets a specific area or areas of the downtown for improvement. Staff and volunteers then maintain these areas year-round. Streetscape continues to grow each year and in the process, brings hundreds of individuals from throughout the Valley to the downtown area for a day of beautification.
United Way Day of Caring
Twice each year, CityScape participates in the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Day of Caring in which a project is organized and the United Way assigns dozens of volunteers to assist. Examples of past projects have included river trail clean up at the B&O Station Banquet Hall boat launch; painting of park equipment and playground construction at Wick Park; as well as numerous painting, planting and cleanup projects throughout downtown.
Wick Park Project
In 2008, CityScape took the lead in spearheading a major capital improvement project in Wick Park. The 34-acre park is the centerpiece of a historic neighborhood just north of downtown and Youngstown State University.
To date, CityScape and its partners have raised over $200,000 for improvements, which include landscaping, signage, security gates, sidewalk repair, additional parking and a universally-designed playground.
Wick Park Improvement Project 2015 Update
Wick Park Improvement Project Blog
Wick Avenue Improvement Project
The Wick Avenue Improvement Project was conceived in conjunction with Congressman Tim Ryan’s 2009 Pedestrian Safety roadway configuration project.
The project area runs along Wick Avenue from Wood Street on the south to the Route 422 Service Road on the north. The Andrews Foundation committed $63,000 for engineering design, and CityScape entered into a contract for engineering services with CT Consultants in early 2015.
Downtown Youngstown Partnership (DYP)
The Downtown Youngstown Partnership (DYP) is a group of business owners, professionals, community leaders, residents and public officials with a center focus of economic development and attracting, growing and retaining businesses in the downtown.
Our mission is to foster an environment where businesses thrive, art flourishes, residents are abundant and community pride prevails. We will accomplish this through developing and implementing innovative events, networking, projects and initiatives to attract and retain business and enhance the downtown community.
DYPartnership is a strategic community partner and committee of Youngstown CityScape. Website: www.dypartnership.org/
Youngstown Nation Gift Shop & Information Center
CityScape maintains a direct relationship with Youngstown Nation as part of its community outreach programming. The store provides comprehensive information about downtown and the city at-large; offers Youngstown-themed merchandise; and is an outlet for CityScape event, volunteer and fundraising information.
Youngstown CityScape 'Grass Roots Gala'
Since 2010, CityScape has awarded the David & Pat Sweet ‘Grass Roots Award’ to an individual who has made significant personal commitment to the organization’s mission of revitalizing downtown Youngstown and gateways through beautification, education and preservation. A portion of the proceeds of the event benefits the Youngstown CityScape Endowment Fund.
Youngstown Beautification Awards
Each year, CityScape recognizes individuals, business and organizations throughout the city that display exceptional dedication to the beautification of their homes, offices or public spaces.
Awardees are recognized at an annual event held at Mill Creek MetroPark’s Davis Center. The hard work of each recipient is displayed and certificates of recognition are awarded.
Youngstown Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting
For many years, downtown Youngstown hosted the Mahoning Valley’s annual holiday parade. However, as the downtown area began to decline, the event eventually ended. In 2009, CityScape played a lead role in helping bring back the parade and continues to be a lead partner in helping organize the event.
CityScape also spearheads the downtown holiday lighting display (Sparkle Youngstown), which offers a warm welcome to visitors during Youngstown’s frosty winter months. The display begins and December, runs through February and involves the installation of over 50,000 individual lights in Central Square and Federal Street.