About 40 volunteers turned out this past Saturday to help clean up Downtown Washington.
“I’m really impressed with how much work got done — they were some mean, lean, weed-fighting machines,” said Danielle Grotewiel with Downtown Washington Inc.
This was the fourth year for the cleanup and Grotewiel said another one will be held next spring.
“We really like to hold the cleanup in April, but we always fight the rain, and that’s why this one got pushed back to now,” she said. “We did have many of the people who volunteered for the April cleanup show up Saturday and that was great.”
Grotewiel said most of the volunteers Saturday were local residents wanting to help out, as well as some Downtown Washington Inc. board members. Several master gardeners also turned out to prune, plant and mulch at the downtown post office, and several volunteers assisted them.
“We also had one local Boy Scout and his mom who came out, and about half a dozen Harmony House Clubhouse members volunteered too,” she said.
Weeding was the biggest project tackled, Grotewiel said.
“We now have weed-free parking lots and the grassy sidewalks medians also were tidied up,” she said. “We did weeding from Main to Fourth streets and Jefferson to Elm, including all cross streets.”
Volunteers also picked up trash downtown and at the riverfront.
There is still painting to be done at the Farmers’ Market, but that work needs to be done during the week. Any group or person interested in painting is asked to call the Downtown Washington Inc. office, 636-239-1743.
Grotewiel thanked all of the volunteers who helped, the city and parks departments who supplied the weed killer, and Unerstall Construction, which provided equipment and manpower.
The Lions Club provided lunch to the volunteers and the Bank of Washington supplied T-shirts and water.