The Adopt a Basket program is a wonderful way to help contribute to the beautification in Ketchikan. Baskets are hung around town from May-September and maintained by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Public Works Department.
The hanging basket program began in 1977 when 50 small planters were hung in the downtown area. Since that time, the program has expanded to include 110 baskets hung at Whale Park as well as along Front, Stedman and Mill Streets, at the Gateway Recreation Center and at the airport. Memorial Day is usually when the baskets are hung around the town. The baskets are filled with Lobelia, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Petunias, Alyssum and Dianthus. The trailing greenery and brightly colored flowers elicit many favorable comments from residents and visitors alike.The baskets are watered, fertilized and cleaned by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Public Works Department staff throughout the summer and early fall until they are taken down and cleaned and stored for the next season.
Your one hundred dollar donation will help cover the costs of one basket and would help to pay the staff to maintain the basket throughout the season. Donations will also help to replace deteriorating baskets and hardware as necessary. The names of the donors who sponsor a basket for the year will be published in the Parks and Recreation quarterly program brochure. You will also receive a certificate of appreciation, and a thank you letter from the Borough Mayor. If you would like to contribute to the beautification of our community and ensure the future of the hanging basket program, please complete the form and return it to:
Parks and Recreation
601 Schoenbar Rd.
Ketchikan, AK 99901