RWC cleanup day unites residents

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Hundreds of Redwood City residents will disperse throughout the city Saturday morning to pick up trash and clean waterways as part of the annual Spring Cleanup Day.

Rain or shine, Department of Public Works employees and other city workers will be at one of four designated locations to clean up trash and other items, Redwood City spokesman Malcolm Smith said.

“We’re not tearing out the ground,” he said. “But for the most part, it’s picking up junk and trash off the side of the road.”

Included in the designated areas is the intersection of Broadway and Arguello Street near downtown, the banks along Redwood Creek in northern Redwood City, the intersection of El Camino Real and Woodside Road, and the Union Cemetery.

Smith said city officials try to change locations every year, but Redwood Creek is visited annually.

“We do it every spring because debris from upstream is washed down with the rains,” Smith said.

More than 300 people have participated in the past, Smith said.

Spring Cleanup Day is part of the city’s pride and beautification efforts, according to Smith, and it began more than a decade ago.

Former Redwood City Mayor and Councilwoman Diane Howard said participating in the cleanup helps instill community pride and respect.

“It’s a wonderful experience,” she said. “And it feels wonderful helping your city out.”

Howard said the cleanup day began before she joined the City Council more than 10 years ago. She said when it began, Redwood City was battling graffiti. Though the city still has a hot line and continues to respond to cover up graffiti, the focus of the cleanup day has shifted to litter.

“Our focus may have changed, but our goal is still the same: to make Redwood City beautiful and to be proud of it,” Howard said.

Residents wanting to participate do not need to sign up, according to Smith. Breakfast will be served to those wanting to lend a helping hand beginning at 9 a.m. at the Public Works building.

From there, residents will be assigned to one of the four areas and given proper equipment. By noon, volunteers will return to the Public Works building for a free barbecue.

“There is some savings to the city, yes, but it’s really about bringing people together for the common need and beautification in Redwood City,” Smith said.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Redwood City Spring Cleanup Day
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Meet at Redwood City Public Works building, 1400 Broadway
To be cleaned: Broadway and Arguello Street intersection; Redwood Creek; El Camino Real and Woodside Road intersection; Union Cemetery

Source: Redwood City

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