PORT JERVIS – A project undertaken by Port Jervis’ Historic Downtown Merchants Association (HDMA) has purchased and placed plants and trees in the heart of a city that the group sees as continuing to change and improve.

The HDMA, led by businesswoman Maria Mann, hosted a fundraiser this summer in which all of the money raised was used for plants and trees for the newly constructed and dedicated downtown promenade section of the business district.

Ten new “honorary benches” were recently placed in the promenade area, and will be dedicated with a contributor’s plaque placed on each to represent $500 donations toward beautification of amenities on Front Street. A total of $5000 was raised and turned over to the city.

Mann said the combination of fresh energy and creativity from new entrepreneurs, as well as perseverance, experience, and local savvy of those who have served the city through tough economic years past, will continue to play a key role in the community’s resurgence.

“We are also so grateful to receive such unwavering support from our community. And just when we think we’ve seen it all, we are once again amazed at the innovative approaches that emerge,” Mann said.

The Historic Downtown Merchants Association will host additional fundraisers in the future and continue to assist with additional projects.

The group may be reached by email at info@downtownpj.com.

HDMA’s list of contributors to the beautification effort includes Cooper Boone and Mark Veeder, The Cottage in the Pines, John Cosco, Kelly Decker, Sarah Lambert and Michael Ward, MaryAnn and Mike McCarthy, Dick McKeeby, Outdoor Club of Port Jervis, Helen Piserchia, and Michael Witt.