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35th Annual Neighborhood Spring Cleanup & Greenup

  • * Starts at WBNA Headquarters * 1560 Westminster Street Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)

Join friends, families and neighbors for WBNA's annual Neighborhood Spring Cleanup. For 35 years – as long as WBNA has existed – west siders have come together to make a huge and visible impact on the cleanliness and safety of our neighborhood. This event is not only fun, it's gratifying and a great way to get to know your neighbors!

This year features an early bird (8am) Tree Planting of 29 trees at Dexter Training Ground, a 9am Cleanup and Green-up start time at WBNA with free breakfast treats, Kids Zone Cleanup Activities at Dexter Training Ground (10-11:30am), and our annual free cookout for all Cleanup Day volunteers at noon! Details below.


CLEANUP SCHEDULE

  • 8:00am  /  Early bird pre-cleanup Tree Planting of 29 trees at Dexter Training Ground! Starts at 113 Parade Street with a tree planting demonstration
  • 9:00am  /  Meet at WBNA, enjoy breakfast items, form teams with street captains and other volunteers
  • 9:30am  /  Street Teams set off to designated cleanup areas
  • 10-11:30am  /  KIDS ZONE at Dexter Training Ground (Parade Street side)
  • 12:00pm  /  Meet back at the WBNA for a free cookout for volunteers

HOW IT WORKS

Start at the WBNA at 9am and enjoy free breakfast treats while rallying with neighbors and street captains (to become a street captain for your street, click here). Please wear work clothes, and bring gloves and tools (if you have them: rakes, square shovels, brooms).

Then you and your Street Team are off to hit those troubled areas in the neighborhood. Get that abandoned mattress off your street, attack that debris-strewn lot, or weed and clean some tree pits!

A long standing partnership with the City of Providence allows for trash pickups at designated locations as well as street sweeping on Cleanup Day. 

GREENUP: We understand that some neighbors may want to go beyond the cleanup to beautify their streets. We encourage those with spring fever of the gardening variety to add greening projects to their Spring Cleanup plan. These efforts could include planting bulbs, giving some love and attention to our city street trees, or adopting a little corner of our neighborhood to do some guerrilla gardening. 

TREE PITS: Did you know that street trees are part of a stewardship program between the City and Providence residents? That means the tree outside your house, whether you own or rent, is technically yours to care for. Weeding and mulching is a great way to give your tree a great start to its growing season.

After the work is done, come back to the WBNA and enjoy a FREE cookout with your fellow Cleanup Day volunteers.
 

    TREE PLANTING AT DEXTER PARK

    WBNA applied for and was awarded 29 new trees in and around Dexter Training Ground from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. This huge huge tree planting begins with a demonstration at 8am at 113 Parade Street, and needs lots of volunteers to be successful. No prior experience necessary – bring your gloves, join neighbors for a brief training, then play in the dirt and plant trees!
     

    KIDS ZONE AT DEXTER PARK

    Kids Zone and Cleanup Activities are happening on Cleanup day at Dexter Training Ground and are hosted by the West Side Kids CommitteeKids Zone is 10-11:30am and starts near the playground. This year's activities will feature a nature scavenger hunt, wildflower planting and painting trash cans in the park with colorful/fun designs!


    CLEANUP TIPS

    • Check with your street captain for designated trash pickup locations
    • Sweep sand, leaves and other debris into the street for street sweepers
    • Street sweepers come the day after the cleanup on Sunday, April 29
    • Please park off-street to facilitate complete street sweeping
    • Residents of Messer and Sycamore Streets, please sweep debris from behind the planter boxes into the street
    • As tempting as it might be, do not put gravel, rocks, or sand into garbage bags, or otherwise overload garbage bags. It causes the bags to break and then our efforts are undone!
    • PLEASE NOTE: E-waste dropoff is NOT available this year. For information on how to dispose of electronic waste, please visit Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation

    Questions? Please send a message to the NACW Committee which hosts this event.

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