By Tom Shevlin
Hoping to beautify one of the city's most heavily travelled roadways, the owner of a local landscaping company has offered to install a series of decorative plantings along the median of America's Cup Avenue.
Jonathan Bourne, of Bourne Green LLC., says that he hopes to create up to 50 small gardens in between the trees located within the grass median that runs from Marlborough Street to Market Square. The flowerbeds, which would measure 3-feet by 4-feet, would be developed and maintained through the support of local businesses and private benefactors in an adopt-a-spot program overseen by the city's Public Services Department.
In a letter to councilors, Bourne said that because the garden will be sponsored plantings, he won't be able to install all 50 at first. Instead, he said, Bourne Green currently has enough sponsors to plant five of the proposed gardens.
"The five sponsors I have already gathered mentioned they would like to add either their family name and or business ,name to each of the plantings they sponsor," Bourne wrote. "I believe this attribute will encourage sponsors to donate to the beautification of Americas Cup Avenue."
Within each garden, Bourne Green plans to install four annual plantings, not to exceed three feet in height.
The proposal, which has won the support of city Tree Warden Scott Wheeler, will also require approval by the state Department of Transportation, which maintains the roadway.
Wheeler was enthusiastic in his support for the plan.
"If Mr. Bourne's project is successful, it will be a wonderful addition to the City," he said, adding, that in the event that he chooses not to extend the adopt-a-spot agreement with RIDOT in the future, it would be his responsibility to return the garden areas to grass.
Councilors were expected to accept the gift at their Wednesday, Dec. 12 meeting. Anyone interested in adopting a spot should reach out to Bourne Green, by calling or e-mailing Jonathan Bourne at (401) 662-2499, or via e-mail email@example.com.