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Downtown Association Plans "Downtown Proud" Clean-Up May 2, 2010

Sun, Apr 11, 2010

The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association is organizing a district-wide clean-up day – “Downtown Proud” – on Sunday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, including scrubbing garbage containers and lamp posts, picking up litter, and clearing the last remnants of moss from sidewalks and other public surfaces. ADHDA board members will also be power washing sidewalks where existing cubical concrete planters are removed (in preparation for new installations to be placed in the future).

“We asked at a recent ADHDA meeting what single thing we could do to make an immediate impact, and the overwhelming response was to clean up downtown,” said Tiffany Estes, president of the association. “So that’s what we’re going to do.”

Volunteers should register by April 20 by calling Paulette McCoy at 503.325.5889. “We’re asking people to sign up in advance so we can prepare adequately and make the best use of their time,” Estes said. Volunteers should bring gloves, a bucket and scrub brush (no wire bristles, please). Garbage bags, water and eco-safe cleanser will be provided. A volunteer check-in area will be staffed on the Legion Block (the square between Duane, Exchange, 11th and 12th Streets) for the duration of the event.

“Several downtown business and property owners have already begun ‘spring cleaning,’ and things are looking much better than they did just a few weeks ago,” Estes said. “We want to help finish the job by tackling some of the public spaces, and encouraging any businesses with work left to do to set May 2 as a goal to get it done,” she added. “We have a great downtown, and this is a good opportunity for all of us to pitch in, have some fun and show our community pride.”

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