We work hard to make the center city an inviting place for downtown workers, visitors, and residents. In addition to the cleaning efforts of the Downtown Ambassadors, several other initiatives help add to downtown’s unique visual appeal.


First BloomSince 2004, the First Bloom program has been bringing color and beauty to downtown Dayton each spring. First Bloom is a beautification program designed to enhance our streetscapes with colorful flower planters. The program is a partnership between the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation, the DDP, and the City of Dayton.

Volunteers from Wegerzyn fill roughly 100 planters throughout downtown each May. Participating property and business owners help maintain and water the planters.

If you are a downtown business or property owner interested in planters for your property, call (937) 224-1518.


Several murals have been painted on downtown buildings as part of the Urban Art Intersections (UAI) project.

Created by the DDP in partnership with K12 Gallery & TEJAS and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, the initiative seeks to use public art as a way to connect local artists with the community and engage downtown Dayton residents, workers, and visitors with their city in a unique way, while enlivening downtown’s streetscapes.


Banner ProgramAs you walk or drive through downtown Dayton, you’ll see colorful banners on many of the utility poles along our streets. These banners provide an avenue for local nonprofit groups to promote upcoming events to the thousands of people who travel along our streets each day.

For a nominal fee, any nonprofit organization interested in participating in this program can apply at least three months in advance using the downloadable materials provided here. There are a limited number of banner spaces available, so don’t wait until the last minute!

Download these Banner Program resources, and email Colleen Turner or call her at (937) 224-1518 ext. 221 with any questions.

Banner Program Policies
Banner Program Agreement
Application Form