Business and community organizations in Southeast Seattle are again producing the Bridge 2 Beach All Valley Earth Day Clean Up (B2B) on Sun., April 27, for the 6th Annual Clean Up, when residents, business owners and other organizations will create a team, identify a local eyesore and with tender love and care, restore it back to its intended state.
Clean up teams let their imagination run wild: litter pick up, landscaping and weeding, knock down or build a new structure, or even painting a mural! Projects have included neglected areas, business node, routine beautification, or creating a whole new function in the neighborhood.
Adding fun to the project, it is also a contest with a wide range of 10 categories. Some groups win in one category or another every year and others are still working on it. Eventually, everyone wins a prize and everyone living, working and playing in SE Seattle reaps the benefits.
“We organizers are thrilled that B2B has become a tradition for some of our businesses and neighbors,” said Susan Davis, Executive Director of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce. “There are teams that tell us their plan for the next year when they drop off their tools from their current project. The instant rush from making a positive change is infectious!”
Team leads request standard tools that the City of Seattle provides, such as litter pickers, bags, gloves and paint supplies. Those who can identify a project with at least two months’ notice, can also apply for a Small Sparks Department of Neighborhood grant for up to $1000.
Supplies are picked up at the Rainier Chamber of Commerce office in the morning. Teams get coffee and snacks to take with them. During the day, organizers and Seattle Police Department visit each site to document each project by hearing stories and taking photos.