This event was cancelled due to bad weather, and will be rescheduled.
It’s almost April, so that means spring cleaning for the city of Wichita.
If you have older kids or teens and want something rewarding and productive to do with them, consider taking part in one or both of the cleanups – either this Downtown Wichita Cleanup on April 21st, or the Wichita River Trash Roundup later in the spring. These are great family activities, and you’ll enjoy a new sense of pride and feeling of ownership the next time you pass that part of downtown where you repaired, painted, or picked up. 🙂
I participated in the downtown cleanup one year and it wasn’t glamorous. It was work. But it was good work, and my husband and I worked alongside some dear friends and their grandkids, and together we all put our backs into it. (Or maybe I should say we all put our backs out; some of us aren’t spring chickens, ha ha!)
That day stands out to me in my memory and probably always will. I don’t want to get all overly dramatic with this, but the reason I remember it so well is that it was one of the last few times we got to spend quality time with one of our friends. He was too sick even at that time to pick up trash, but he followed us around in his truck, passing out water bottles and calling out jokes to keep us all motivated.
It was quality time. And I don’t feel bad at all that we also helped – actually did something – to improve our city.
There’s nothing like productive work to bring people together. If you have a team of people (including a family), this is an opportunity to grow together.
Last year, about a hundred volunteers helped to spruce up downtown Wichita, powerwashing sidewalks, painting curbs, picking up trash, and doing other jobs to freshen up the downtown area.
Projects are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. So sign up early if you want your choice of work! Projects include:
- Trash pick-up
- Street painting
- Graffiti removal
- Sticker removal
- Sidewalk cleaning
- Window washing
- Landscaping at the Popup Park
- Landscaping at the Central branch of the Wichita Public Library
- and more
Afterwards, they’ll feed you lunch. We had Papa Johns pizza and soda in the downtown popup park.
We went and bought coffee first. Priorities. 🙂
Details for when and where to check in will be sent to you when you register. The downtown cleanup event will be in the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2018. The earlier you register, the more choices you will have for what jobs you’re going to do.
Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to noon (schedule subject to change)
Location: Check in at Downtown Wichita Office (WDDC) at 505 E. Douglas