Kiwanis joins DIA for bigger spring cleanup of downtown Issaquah

April 16, 2013

By Peter Clark

Leaders of downtown Issaquah say it is time for the annual spring-cleaning of the city central business district.

This time, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will join the annual event that has been long held by the Downtown Issaquah Association.

DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said it was largely through the efforts of the Kiwanis that the event was being revitalized in such a large way.

“This year, we’re making it bigger again,” she said. “The Kiwanis have really instigated it.”

Partnering with a number of other groups, including Boy Scouts, CleanScapes, Tavon Center, Bellevue College, Drug Free Community Coalition and Friends of Youth, they are inviting everyone interested in celebrating Earth Day to join in cleaning up the area.

“Kiwanis really wanted to broaden the appeal,” Donovan said, referring to the expansion of their focus. Previously, the event centered on the downtown area, but organizers hope to move it onto Gilman Boulevard and beyond.

Kiwanis Club President-Elect Jeri Tolstedt said that the goal is to make it a cleanup for the whole city.

“It’s been several years since there’s been a citywide clean up,” she said, crediting the number of organizations that joined the effort. “All the groups are working with that to make it a citywide event.”

Tolstedt said that it was a larger goal of her group to reach out to the city, and Earth Day seemed like an excellent opportunity.

“Our Kiwanis group just wanted to get out into the community more and get involved,” she said.

With each group tackling a different portion of the city, Kiwanis members will focus on Gilman Boulevard. They will pick up litter, clean up areas and perform acts of beautification along the way.

Those who can push a broom, swing a shovel or plant some flowers are welcome for the April 20 event. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store on Front Street. Projects will last until noon, followed by refreshments. Attendees can bring a friend or simply join and make some new ones. Jobs for all ages and abilities will be available for volunteers.


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