Cold weather is right around the corner. Unfortunately, when the leaves fall off the trees and green hills turn bare, neighborhoods are often left with piles of ugly, repulsive trash and dump sites.
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak is asking community residents to join her and hundreds of their neighbors for one of the biggest neighborhood clean-ups ever seen — this Saturday, Oct. 20. Neighborhood volunteers will be joined by University of Pittsburgh students and will descend upon three locations in her South Pittsburgh council district — Rt. 51 in Overbrook, Duffland Street in Carrick, and Broadway Ave. in Beechview—to clean up litter and illegal dumping.
Councilwoman Rudiak has organized these clean-ups with the goal of beautifying the neighborhoods and inspiring pride in residents and potential investors. Studies show litter and vandalism send a signal of blight and neglect. Cleaning up the streets and woods not only enhances their physical appearance, but also deters crime and spurs investment.
"South Pittsburghers have never been afraid to roll up our sleeves and get dirty, and we need that kind of spirit and hands-on action more than ever," Ms. Rudiak said.
Food and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. Gloves, garbage bags and safety vests will also be provided. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and long pants.
Volunteers should meet at these staging areas at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. RSVP at: http://goo.gl/94p59
Volunteers for the Overbrook Clean-Up will meet at the Accamando Center of Overbrook (former firehouse) at 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard, on Rt. 51 at Maytide (parking in rear of building). They will be picking up litter and dumped materials along Rt. 51.
The Carrick Clean-Up will meet at the corner of Duffland Street and Nuzum Avenue. They will be cleaning illegally dumped materials from the woods.
The Beechview Clean-Up will begin at Brew on Broadway at 1557 Broadway Avenue, 15216. Volunteers will be picking up litter along Broadway Avenue, Wenzell Avenue, and Crane Avenue.