March 19, 2013

By Staff

Spring cleanup needs everyone

What can create community pride better than a spring cleanup? The city of Issaquah is overdue for one.

Issaquah used to have a spring cleanup, but it was last held about 20 years ago. It was memorable. Little League teams showed up with litterbags in hand before they headed to the park with bats and balls. Girl Scouts repainted the Sunset Way bridge over Issaquah Creek. Downtown merchants planted their flower boxes.

The spring cleanup is returning April 20. It’s no coincidence that it’s only a few days before Earth Day and Arbor Day — but the focus will be sprucing up what it is already here.

This first year, the organized cleanup will be on the south side of Interstate 90, primarily in the historic downtown area where the merchants have kept up the tradition of an annual cleanup, but also along state Route 900 and in parks.

Everybody will be needed! Rain or shine, there will be litter to pick up, flowers to plant, weeds to pull and a few miscellaneous projects. The tasks to be done can be accomplished by a single soul or a group, by kids or teens or adults. Imagine what a thousand volunteers could do in a few hours!

Picking up litter is the first priority. Candy wrappers, soda cans and bottles, paper coffee cups, napkins and more are prevalent in Issaquah. Let’s wage war and make it be gone!

Perhaps you’d rather organize your neighborhood for a spring cleaning. Or maybe a neighborhood school needs a little work. It’s all a good tribute to the earth — and a city we love.

Find out more by calling Karen at 253-255-9706.


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One Response to “Editorial”

  1. Ray Albrecht on April 11th, 2013 11:03 am

    What can create community pride better than a spring cleanup? How about we just start asking the community to stop trashing on itself, and take pride in where we live! I’ve been a part of this community for nearly 17 years, and it has never ceased to amaze me how people can disregard the natural beauty of where we live. I walk my dog often around “old town”, and by far the worse areas for garbage has been around the skate park, along Newport NW, and along the creek including in the creek. How about we set a policy that if the kids that frequent the skate park can’t police after themselves, we enforce a shutting of the facility until they can respect the surroundings, or better yet, I’ve heard from some parents their concern that the skate park has become a haven for drug use – shut it down & put an off leash dog park there, and rebuild a skate park just behind city hall. To the violators along Newport, which in my observation are mainly students, how about having those elementary kids p/u some of their own trash, and to the people that throw trash into the creek a heavier fine (posted!). I’ve fished out bikes, towels, and some garbage out of the creek in the past, currently there’s a child’s scooter in the creek at Dogwood. Where does this mentality come from. From a city bent on protecting the creek, there certainly doesn’t seem much in the form of the city reminding people that it’s supposed to be a protected habitat. And for all you other dog owners out there – be responsible! Pick up after your pets, and don’t just leave a bag of YOUR pets crap behind along the sidewalk for someone else to pick up – that’s YOUR responsibility! I and several other dog owners would like to see the city establish an off leash park area, and you irresponsible ones are hurting the cause – wise up!

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