Downtown York capped off a yearlong beautification project with the addition of giant teal and white seals placed at two prominent intersections in the White Rose City.
The 20-foot city seal, made of plastic material melted into the asphalt, was placed at the intersections of Liberty and Congress streets and Liberty and Roosevelt streets.
Other improvements around downtown made possible by a $200,000 streetscape grant from the S.C. Department of Transportation are sidewalk, curb and driveway repairs, new pavers and electrical upgrades, said Charles Helms, interim city manager.
Also, the Downtown Business Association helped spruce up the city by adding several park benches around town.
"We're trying to beautify downtown and draw more people," Helms said. "The seals really look good. They're big and should make tourists stop and look."
The city has applied for another grant to pay for additional seals and other projects, said Helms, who expects to hear an answer by November.
-- Shannon Greene, editor