Philly Spring Cleanup 2009 Announcement

Exciting news! W Rockland Street is gearing up to participate in the big cleanup. We hope that being part of a more official cleanup will help us to make some headway on the block.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Philadelphia, March 10 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the 2009 Philly Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday April 4th from 9am to 2pm.  The theme of this year’s event will be Building Sustainable Communities.

“Every day since last year’s event people have been asking me if we would be doing it again and today I am happy to say yes, it’s on,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Last year friends, families, and neighbors came together to clean up their neighborhoods and to take care of their city.  This year, in these tough times, it is more important than ever that we come together once again, roll up our sleeves, and continue our progress towards a cleaner, safer Philadelphia.”

Mayor Nutter made the announcement at Athletic Recreation Center at 26th and Master – a designated rec center site for the 2009 Cleanup where volunteers will fix up the baseball field, remove debris and paint the fence line. Also at the announcement were City Year – who led a morning work-out – and the hip-rock band Bunjii who performed a song composed specially for the Cleanup – We Can Keep Philadelphia Beautiful.

The 2008 Philly Spring Cleanup was a huge success, recognized by Keep America Beautiful as the largest single day, citywide clean-up on record in the United States:

  • 15,000 volunteers cleaned over 3,500 blocks
  • 2.5 million pounds of trash were collected
  • 71 commercial corridors were cleaned
  • 28 Rec Centers and 27 Fairmount Park sites were cleaned

“Exactly one year ago today I announced that we would be trying something new – a one-day, citywide clean-up across all the neighborhoods in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter.  “What followed was the biggest clean-up on record in the United States with 15,000 volunteers collecting 2.5 million pounds of trash.”

In addition to the trash collection there will be an emphasis on neighborhood beautification projects with special sites designated for fence painting, tree planting, park renovation and trail restoration.

Organizations that want to get involved and seek support for their project should complete the application form at  The deadline for registering projects is Friday March 20, 2009.

Mayor Nutter asked Philadelphians to visit or call 3-1-1 to get details and to register for a clean-up project.

An announcement regarding this year’s sponsors will be made in the coming days.

Click here to download a PDF of this release.


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