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  • Writer's pictureLynsey Krusie

Neighborhood Block Party to Kick Off Ignite Vitality: Mulberry Project

In coordination with the City of Muscatine, we hosted a Neighborhood Block Party on Sunday, April 21 as part of Ignite Vitality: Mulberry, a pilot project aimed at strengthening a neighborhood between downtown Muscatine and Jefferson Elementary School.  

Residents were invited to a free, family-friendly event at The Arch (formerly Skateland) to celebrate their neighborhood and kick off the project. The event included games and activities for kids, giveaways, and lunch sponsored by Hy-Vee. Over 17 community organizations also participated, providing relevant services and information to those in attendance.  

“It was great to see the large number of families and community partners that came together to celebrate the Mulberry neighborhood and help us kick off this project that will deepen connections and further vitality in and around the area,” said Moriah Ellis, Director of Community Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.

Ignite Vitality will include investment through grants for homeowners and businesses for façade improvements, a new pocket park, enhanced lighting and walkability, new home construction, and more.

Funders supporting this project include the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Muscatine County, City of Muscatine, Muscatine Center for Social Action, and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.

For more information or questions about Ignite Vitality: Mulberry, contact us at or 563-264-3863.

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