Plainfield receives grant through beautification program

The $25,000 grant will be used to make improvements to a viaduct on Route 59

Plainfield, government

The village of Plainfield is participating in the America in Bloom beautification program as part of receiving a $25,000 grant to improve a viaduct along Route 59.

Plainfield applied for the grant through the Canadian National Railway, which runs the railroad through the village, according to Ami De Boni, the village’s community relations director.

De Boni added that work on the improvements to the viaduct, north of Route 126, is underway.

America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.

As a stipulation for receiving the funds, the village is participating in a video contest meant to share the impact the program. The two-minute video includes scenes of Plainfield’s natural spaces, parks, and businesses.

Residents can vote online for Plainfield among six other communities which submitted a video. Online voting for the video contest will end on Oct. 1.

The other participating communities that submitted videos include Brewton, Alabama; Potterville, Michigan; Punta Gorda, Florida; Castle Rock, Washington; Gloucester, Massachusetts; and Carthage, Missouri.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.