SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – An abandoned industrial site is on its way to becoming a sunflower field thanks to a collaboration of agencies in Clark County.
The industrial site-turned-sunflower field is located in the 500 block of West Euclid Avenue, just east of the Little Miami Trail bike path.
Keep Clark County Beautiful, National Trail Parks and Recreation District, the City of Springfield, and the Clark County Land Bank worked together to clear the field, plant the seeds, and cultivate the flowers.
The property was acquired by the Land Bank as part of its mission to revitalize vacant and blighted properties in the area.
The factory that had stood on the grounds was demolished years ago, leaving behind concrete foundation slabs that the Land Bank then removed.
The goal of the new sunflower field is to lift the spirits of residents and attract visitors, like those riding or walking on the nearby trail, while replacing a blighted plot in the community.
The field should be in bloom within the next couple weeks. Those interested in seeing the progression can do so by checking Keep Clark County Beautiful’s Facebook page.
Sunflowers are not only beautiful to look at, but they also provide food for birds and bees. They also help renew soils by filtering out unwanted materials.