Though the recent cold and rain makes it hard to believe, spring truly is just around the corner. Winter is finally relinquishing its icy grip and it’s time to clean up the old leaves and debris that have accumulated over the last five months.
Join me for the 28th annual 49th Ward SPRING CLEAN-UP!
This year’s clean-up takes place on Saturday, May 5th. We’ll meet at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and rolls at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis), and then fan out across the neighborhood, picking up trash, cutting down weeds and planting flowers. If you have an area you want to work, that’s great! Otherwise, we’ll assign you to an area that needs attention.
We’ll return to my office at 12:00 noon for a fabulous “Taste of the 49th Ward” with food donated from a vast array of 49th Ward restaurants, guaranteed to satisfy every culinary taste.
In an effort to make the event as sustainable as possible, this year’s Taste of the 49th Ward buffet will go zero-waste. We will provide reusable silverware and water bottle refill stations to reduce single-use items. Compost will be provided by Urban Canopy’s Compost Club, the same organization that my office uses to compost food scraps in our kitchen, and everything else will be completely recyclable.
As part of the Spring Clean-up, volunteers will be planting erosion-controlling marram grass at Leone Beach Park (Touhy and the lake).
Come by yourself or with a group! We’ll supply shovels, rakes, brooms and garbage bags.
This is a wonderful time to organize your block club, condominium association, school group, church group, or other organization to come together to help get the community ready for spring. Bring the kids!
I hope to see you on Saturday, May 5th, at 9:00 am.