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2019 Downtown Cleanup Day in Wichita

They say that “Downtown is everyone’s neighborhood” and I believe it. Downtown Cleanup Day is a great opportunity to get involved in your neighborhood, get outside with friends and neighbors, and do some good for your community – by spending time, not money.

Welcoming volunteers to the Wichita downtown clean up event
Welcoming volunteers to the Downtown Cleanup event.

It’s 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 6, or the Wichita River Trash Roundup later in the season. 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. 🙂

Wichita downtown cleanup volunteers standing in line for their assignments
Folks checking in and getting their cleanup assignments

I participated in the downtown cleanup one year and it was good work. 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!) By participating, we felt like we were really part of the Wichita community.

That day stands out to me in my memory and probably always will. 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.

Wichita Downtown Cleanup Day volunteers bagging leaves
Photo: Downtown Wichita

Each year, about a hundred volunteers helped to spruce up downtown Wichita, power-washing 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
  • and more
Picking up leaves downtown wichita cleanup day
Photo: Downtown Wichita

Afterwards, they’ll feed you lunch. We had Papa Johns pizza and soda in the downtown popup park.

Volunteers smiling and enjoying lunch in the downtown popup park after Wichita Downtown Cleanup
Photo: Downtown Wichita. Lunch was pizza in the popup park

We went and bought coffee first. Priorities. 🙂

Cup of coffee at Espresso To Go Go on Downtown Wichita cleanup day
Coffee at Espresso To Go Go while waiting for lunch

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. Lunch is usually around noon. The earlier you register, the more choices you will have for what jobs you’re going to do.

Register here.

Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to noon (schedule subject to change)
Location: Check in at Downtown Wichita Office (WDDC) at 505 E. Douglas
Cost: FREE

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