Contest Judged by
AMERICA BEAUTFUL, Inc. Topeka
We will feature a full page on
The Steel Rails Advocate website showing the 3 best alley
gardens in Topeka. Contest ends October 31, 2012.
About Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee
County is a not-for-profit organization funded by Shawnee
County and the City of Topeka. Since 1977, their mission
is to provide programs to promote and encourage volunteerism
in the core focus areas of litter reduction, recycling,
beautification and graffiti abatement.
Through the years, our
local KAB affiliate has been the recipient of more than
47 national awards. The local KAB affiliate was recognized
for the third time in five years with a First Place designation
for affiliates with cities populations of 50,000-200,000.
Popular programs include:
Beautification in Ted Ensley Gardens and Gage Park; Topeka
Cemetery cleanups; KAB Extreme Team and Trash Troopers;
Earth Day Celebrations; Advantage Metals bonus program;
and the Return of Operation Noah’s Ark.
Some of our newest programs
include: “The Butt Stops Here”--Cigarette
litter prevention at bus stops. A sensory garden for Gage
Park; An educational program “No Children Left Inside”;
the Lend a Bin recycle bin lending program for civic groups
For more information contact:
Philicia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785.224.0446.
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last to blossom out, but Topeka's alley's are predestined
to flower to the state of an art form for other cities
art is in order, and of itself, a prognostication of a
restored Topeka-- out rivaling itself in it's very hayday.
But it is predictable that the artistic environment of
this unique city will "fill in the holes" left
by some of the outstanding landscaping embellishment projects
that it has finished thus far. Those holes are our alleys.
Alleys are the nitty-gritty of who we are when viewed
from their vantage point. We are able to peer into the
average American's dream--their own private "garden
of Eden" in the form of the back yard. Away from
where front yard formality meets the street and where
vegetables gardens, flowerbeds, playgrounds for children
and pets are mingled with the icing on the cake--lawn
furniture, barbeque grills and maybe a swimming pool.
From an alley cat's viewpoint, if an alley cat could appreciate
art and American ideals, a sight to behold. In some neighborhoods,
walking down a Topeka alley is like walking down a story-book
fantasy town. And this where neighbors talk over the fence
and merge socializing events among themselves--unviewed
from the front yard and street vantage point. In some
cities, gates are closed at the alley entrance from a
specified time for private neighborhood events. Back yard
gates are opened as well and it is festivity time. It
might be interesting to Goggle "alley gardens"--a
hot buzz word in America as of recent times.
will behoove one to be prepared for severe competition
and impressive awards for "Best Alley Garden"
in Topeka or "Best Alleyscapes" for NIA's and
NA's. Photography contests will run rampant. City contests,
commercial enterprise contests, and other specific contests
including photo contests by this newspaper--The Steel
with streetcars embellishing Topeka and elevating this
city to an art form even beyond it's former glory in the
decades between the 1920's and 1930's--alleyscapes will
become a biker's and pedestrian's joy as one creates his
own daily adventures by routing a walkway or bikeway in
the style of spontaneous improvisation. We will in time
be able to say to all tourists, "check us out to
the very nitty-gritty--see what this town is all about
beyond the facades and formal fronts." And they may
just come here to explore the bike trails as they become
organized via the -- then familiar--quaint alley ways
of Topeka. Our final advice to tourists will be "don't
forget your camera--our photo contests are good for you
May Claim Topeka, USA as Headquarters
Close the alley gates and have
a block party or fiesta.
Park your bike and rest. Feel
safe too. Businesses enjoy pedestrian and biker traffic
comming in from the back door.
The Steel Rails Advocate
contributes $100.00 in it's own separate
PHOTO contest of photos sent in of the alley gardens.
Need name of the "alley garden artist",
location of the alley garden, phone number and/or e-mail
Send photo to "editor", Steel
Rails Advocate, 2200 NW Polk, Bldg. C12, Topeka, KS 66608.
E-mail at "contact
State Capital Dome from Topeka Alleys.
2. Cityscapes from Alleys.
3. Alleys Specific--City at Large.
4. Alley Gardens, Individual
5. Alley Patios, Individual
6. Alley Hospitality Stations.
(mini park places created as rest stops for pedestrians
7. NIA / NA Alley Themes (Alleys
could have designated names with creative signs welcoming
hikers and bikers to their "block."
editor of this publication, would like to encourage everyone
to donate to Keep America Beautiful, local chapter, so
that KAB can participate in the Alley Garden Contests.
They need donations specifically for the alley garden
project so they can officially add the alley garden contest
to their agenda. Please help this very influential organization
by sending in a donation specifically for the Alley Garden
Contest. Getting thousands of Topekans to beautify their
alleys is an important part of Topeka beautification and
crime prevention. And one lot of fun. Please help them
by sending a donation to: