As part of an annual effort to beautify the streets of Boston in time for the spring season, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has asked for Boston residents’ to participate in Boston Shines, a citywide initiative to clean the neighborhoods across the city. Boston Shines will bring together thousands of volunteers, including businesses, community groups and residents to clean up after the winter season.
“The people of Boston take tremendous pride in their neighborhoods and over the next three weekends we will reach every corner of the city to make Boston even more beautiful,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston Shines represents the great work that we can accomplish when we work together to improve the quality of life for our residents. I thank all the volunteers in advance for their help in working to clean our streets and I look forward to doing my part to make Boston shine.”
The initiative will take place over the span of three weekends, and will focus on four service areas: physical service, university engagement, youth development and expanding City of Boston volunteer opportunities that help unite neighbors and communities. Through Boston Shines, Mayor Walsh seeks to increase volunteerism and civic engagement across the city, improve the quality of life for all Boston residents, and help demonstrate the City’s solidarity working together to make one Boston.
Representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will call upon residents to help bring vibrancy back to the parks, sidewalks, school yards, and streets. Brooms, shovels, and other tools will be provided by the City for clean-up in the identified neighborhoods.
This year, Boston Shines will take place over three weekends in April and May:
The first weekend, April 22 and 23, took place in Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Fenway, Mission Hill and Mattapan.
The second weekend, April 29 and 30, will take place in Bay Village, Downtown, Chinatown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End and South Boston.
The third weekend, May 6 and 7, will take place in Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, West End, Charlestown, East Boston and the North End.
Individuals, Groups, and Organizations can sign up now at: cityofboston.gov/ons/bostonshines/register.asp
-Press release from the city of Boston