Association seeks grant for rose garden

WARREN – The Historic Perkins Neighborhood Association is seeking grant money to continue expanding its rose garden area behind city hall at the north entrance to Perkins Park.

Nola Yovich, association president, said a Wean Neighborhood Success Grant is being sought to be used for the second of the three-rose garden project.

She said the second phase would be work for the southwest section of the garden, including revitalization with plants and shrubbery.

The first phase, which was funded by a Wean grant, included installation of a rose arbor, park benches from the city, and perennials and other flowers.

Yovich said the third phase involves the center section of the garden. Lou Lepro, a member, said a pagoda will also be part of the garden and needs repaired.

Yovich said the effort is not only beautifying the neighborhood and area by city hall but is “an asset to the city’s downtown.”

Lepro said the association will also work at one of the summer shows at the Warren Community Amphitheatre collecting tickets, selling food and any other needs. He said money raised will help the association.

Warren Councilman Jim Valesky reported that work will be completed by this spring at the historic Kinsman House near the amphitheater to include interior rehabilitation, handicapped accessible restrooms and an elevator, and heating and air conditioning with all work to go out for bids.

The association meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Mahoning Valley Red Cross headquarters, Mahoning Avenue, Warren. Election of officers is set for the March meeting.