Gateway Streetscape Foundation, Inc. (Gateway) was formed in 1991 from a Beautification Committee at the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Since 1993, Gateway has been a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Gateway is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of no less than nine (9) or more then fifteen (15) Directors. A partnership between the City of Martinsville and Henry County funds the organization along with the generosity of our members and donators.
Gateway is committed to improving the aesthetic beauty and appeal of the Martinsville-Henry County community through the orderly planting of trees, shrubs and flowers. We further promote environmental stewardship, which includes recycling, reducing, reusing, and litter control.
Our key program areas include:
This program generates enhancement projects along major thoroughfares in the Martinsville-Henry County area. In order to preserve the community's investment in these horticultural projects, ongoing maintenance of these areas is overseen by this program.
- A few of the enhancement projects or streetscapes include trees and planters located throughout Uptown Martinsville; trees and flower beds located along Kings Mountain Road and Route 58; the Caffey and Corner Escape Parks; Liberty Street and Commonwealth Boulevard traffic triangles; Uptown Rail Trail; Memorial-Honor Tree Program; and the trees planted for the Cherry Street Neighborhood Improvement Project.
- The welcome signs at entrance points and gateways to the City of Martinsville and Henry County are also part of this program. The construction and landscaping of the welcome signs are intended to be low maintenance and sustainable for the long term.
- Trees and landscaping done by local businesses, residents and Gateway provide more than aesthetic beauty or a place to enjoy and relax for the community. These areas help moderate the effects of sun, wind, and rain; save energy; enhance architecture; increase property values; provide privacy; emphasize views; screen out objectionable views; and improve water and air quality.
This program practices and promotes environmental stewardship in an effort to have a clean community and to preserve our natural resources. Environmental stewardship is taking responsibility for your actions that affect the environment and is a means for a more sustainable future. Actions you can take are reducing, reusing, recycling, not littering, and being a contributor to a litter clean-up event.
- Reducing is the action you take to reduce the amount of waste you generate. Reducing involves being a smart consumer by buying products in bulk or with the least amount of packaging material. Other ways to reduce include using your own shopping bag, utilizing a reusable lunch bag, and breaking the bottled water habit by filtering tap water and using your own water container.
- Reusing is using a product again for its intended use or for another purpose. This may include repairing a household item or clothing rather then disposing of it. It may include giving items to other people who need them or donating the items to a retail store that sell used materials and clothes. Plastic kitchen ware and plastic food containers can be washed for reuse.
- Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to prevent waste of the useful materials. Recycling saves energy, reduces the consumption of raw materials, and reduces air pollution and water pollution by reducing the amount of waste that is incinerated or disposed of in a landfill.
- The City of Martinsville and Henry County provide drop-off facilities where you can bring your materials to be recycled. Recyclable materials collected at these sites include metal and aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, and plastic. There are also local companies that pay you money for some recyclable materials.
- Litter consists of waste products such as paper cups, beverage containers, papers, wrappers, and used tires which have been disposed of improperly - usually thrown on the ground. Litter thrown on the ground often ends up in our local streams, rivers and lakes by traveling through the stormwater system. Litter damages the scenic beauty of an area and it is a breeding ground for disease-causing insects and rodent.
Take pride in your self, your community, and the environment by not littering!