by Channel 2 News staff
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Every year the flowers go up in downtown Anchorage, but during a budget crunch, funding for the program gets tight.
The city, the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership have joined forces to create an endowment fund for the flowers.
They hope one day the endowment earnings will be able to pay for the program.
Mayor Dan Sullivan announced Wednesday that the city will also host its first Festival of Flowers, which will be a chance to celebrate the attraction that Anchorage residents and visitors enjoy every year.
"We value that program so we're very happy to be a part of making this program expand and be as big and beautiful as ever," said Cheri Spink with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.