March 19, 2013
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.