Approximately 500 community volunteers are expected to participate in Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s 8TH Annual Great Allentown Cleanups. To date, 13 community groups, businesses and schools have scheduled clean-up activities from Saturday, April 26 through Saturday, May 3.
The city’s Keep Allentown Beautiful campaign is affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, which sponsors the Great American Cleanup and also participates with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Great PA Cleanup called “Pick It Up PA.”
Pawlowski is asking even more city residents, business owners, church goers and community group members to consider participating in the program. The city will supply brooms, bags, dust pans and litter tongs. The city will also provide trash pick-up.
“All city residents, whether they own or rent, can pitch-in and take care of their homes and sidewalks,” said the mayor. “If everyone does their part, we can have a great impact on the cleanliness of our city. It begins with each home, with each block, and with each neighborhood.”
“I want all residents to be proud of their city and lend a hand to keep it clean,” said Pawlowski. “Please don’t litter, tie your trash bags, and set aside a few minutes each week to pick up the trash around your sidewalk. Taking those easy steps will enhance the look of the city and improve the quality of life for all of us.”
For more information, or to volunteer for the Great Allentown Cleanups, call the Recycling Bureau at 610-437-8729, or sign-up on-line at www.allentownrecycles.org.
In addition to the cleanups, the city parks department and community groups will be planting approximately 40 street trees in the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of N. Seventh Street and the 700 block of Chew Street. The work will begin at approximately 8am on Saturday, April 26.
Friends of the Allentown Parks will plant a Cherry tree at the Ott Street entrance to Cedar Beach Park as part of opening ceremonies of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Opening ceremonies are set for Saturday, April 26 at 12:15pm.
The Great Allentown Cleanups
Saturday April 26, 2014
Central Catholic High School Environmental Club
Jordan Creek, west bank, Gordon to Turner St
(behind CCHS 301 N 4th St, parking lot, Jute & Chew St)
9:30am - 12pm
Community Action Development Corp. (CADC)
Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Earth Day Tree Planting
Kathleen Kapila, 610-432-2155
Sign in at 8:00 am at St. Luke’s Church, 417 N 7th St.
Horizon Church Youth Group
Cleaning area of Hamilton St Park, heading east
towards Raub and Union Terrace schools
Nick Butterfield, 610-770-1751
Cleaning Allentown Public Library area and Martin Luther King Jr. Dr./Junction St
Lehigh Valley Humanists
Cleaning area of 9th & Hamilton St
McKinley Elementary School
Cleaning area of school, 1124 W Turner St.
Mountainville Area Crime Watch
Cleaning Mountainville area
West End Alliance
Nancy Loch, 610-393-6001
Cleaning between 17th & 22nd St
and Liberty and Washington St
West Park Civic Assoc.
Cleaning West Park Area
Meet at the bandshell 9am-11am
Cleaning along Little Lehigh near Fountain Park
Wednesday April 23, 2014
Central Elementary School
Cleaning area of school
829 W Turner St.
Monday April 28, 2014
Roosevelt Elementary School
Cleaning area of the school
210 W Susquehanna St.
Saturday May 3, 2014
St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church
Cleaning surrounding area of church
37 S 5th St.