Adopt-a-Street newsletter, Issue 02
Promoting civic responsibility and community pride as well as enhancing Seattle's quality of life through clean streets and beautiful neighborhoods.
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Spring Clean Review

neighbors keeping their communityies looking good during the spring clean

During Spring Clean, First Hill neighbors helped to keep their community looking sharp.

Held each year in April and May through an SPU partnership with Parks and Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, and Department of Transportation, Spring Clean provides opportunities for residents to keep our city tidy. Volunteers were given the resources—litter grabbers, safety vests, gloves, trash bags, yard and lawn compost bags, storm drain stencil kits, graffiti removal tools, and free trash disposal services—to ensure fun and successful events.

This year, more than 40 Spring Clean events were held. Events ranged from small neighborhood projects with fewer than 20 volunteers to larger community improvement projects with more than 150 volunteers. No matter the size of the groups, they have all made positive impacts within Seattle neighborhoods!

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our Spring Clean partners and volunteers! In this issue, two Spring Clean stories are featured. To share your story, contact Stephanie Edlund at (206)386-9852 or

First Hill Improvement Association

First Hill clean up

A volunteer helps with litter patrol in First Hill.

The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) aims to make First Hill a vibrant, welcoming, and safe place for everyone. FHIA is undergoing a strategic vision and planning process, and this event directly responded to feedback from a community outreach survey. Survey respondents felt that large amounts of litter contributed to a sense of poor public safety.

Over 70 people gathered in First Hill Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014 to “spring clean” the neighborhood. In fact, the turnout was so robust that they had to run and grab extra gloves and trash bags! Some of the odds and ends our volunteers discovered included clothes, a car hubcap, lots of fast food, and an old boom box.

This community really cares about being the best it can be, and this event was a perfect example of that spirit in action. Many participants asked FHIA to make Spring Clean an annual event.

Southwest Youth & Family Services

Southwest Youth and Family Services clean up

More than 20 volunteers participated in the West Side Clean-Up.

The West Side Clean-Up event, coordinated by Southwest Youth & Family Services, was held on Saturday, May 31st, 2014. The sun was shining and no rain was in sight. The day was filled with clean-up activities such as:

  • Litter patrol
  • Stencil storm drains
  • Graffiti removal

Over 20 youth and community volunteers divided into groups and cleaned the area along Delridge Way SW. After the event, a BBQ was held to continue the team building and community engagement. Southwest Youth & Family Services works to inspire change in youth and families through culturally-relevant counseling, education, and family support services in southwest Seattle and King County.


Newsletter Updates

This newsletter will now be published quarterly instead of every two months. The next issue will be in October.


Summer Paint Out

During July and August, volunteers can receive paint, rollers, brushes and gloves to tackle graffiti in their neighborhoods. Volunteers must get signed permission waivers from property owners and only remove graffiti on private property.
Learn more and sign up.

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700 5th Ave - Suite 4600
P.O. Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124

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