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:
On the weekend, April 29 and 30, the cleanup will take place in Bay Village, Downtown, Chinatown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End and South Boston.
The Beacon Hill Civic Association is helping to coordinate the local efforts. For more information call 617-227-1922.
Neighborhood Association of Back Bay (NABB) will provide coffee, juice, bagels and doughnuts at the Clarendon Street Playground starting at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m., volunteers will divide in groups and head off to clean with City-supplied tools. After we finish, there will be a picnic lunch and free raffle (also donated by Back Bay businesses) for the volunteers at the playground. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors and spruce up the neighborhood at the same time. NABB has been conducting Alley Rally since 1967! All ages welcome & no RSVP necessary. For further information, please contact Jason at [email protected] or (617) 839-7185.