Since it formation in 2013, the South Kelso Neighborhood Association (SKNA) has taken an active role in helping to beautify Kelso. The group reached an agreement with the City of Kelso earlier this year, allowing SKNA to use the city’s old finance building for meetings and storage rent-free. It is raising money to maintain the building and pay utilities. To date, SKNA members have painted over the graffiti on 30 alley walls, and partnered with AmeriCorps to host an alley clean-up day. The group is planting flowers and shrubs under the Allen Street Bridge, and plans to create a neighborhood watch group and start a neighborhood garden.