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Momentum in Germantown: 30 projects planned for annual Philly Spring Cleanup

Loading up the Streets Department trash truck during the 2012 Philly Spring Cleanup

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In its seventh year, it’s time for the City of Philadelphia and the Streets Department to drop mega-trash stats to show and prove just how much we can all clean up during the Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 5. Just how big are the numbers? 1,014,540 pounds of trash collected, 4,030 tires removed and 23,341 pounds of recycling was collected during the 2013 clean up.

In Germantown there will be a huge presence felt all over the neighborhood with 30 official projects registered! Can you feel it? It’s momentum. Keep up the sweep up!

The W Rockland Street Project has two projects planned for the big day – Emaleigh will be working with W Rockland Street Neighbors on a block cleanup and Aine will be leading a cleanup with the Southwest Germantown Business District at Freedom Square (5101 Germantown Avenue).

Sign up to volunteer for a Germantown (or any other neighborhood!) project by clicking here!

Momentum \mō-ˈmen-təm, mə-\ 
the strength or force that something has when it is moving.
the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes.

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Volunteer for one of many project sites in Germantown

Sign up in advance … or just show up to lend a hand!

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1. Lingelbach Elementary School
6340 Wayne Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

2. Hood Clean Up
4901 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

3. SoLo/GCA-WAM Philly Spring Clean Up 2014
Municipal parking lot
4919-25 Wayne Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

4. Friends of Happy Hollow Playground and Community Garden
4800 Wayne Ave (upper level Pulaski Ave and W. Logan St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19144

5. Friends of Loudon
4650 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

6. Neighborhood and Park Cleanup (DIA Clean Up)
Wayne & Johnson Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19144

7. Germantown Town Hall Cleanup
Germantown City Hall
Germantown and Haines St
Philadelphia PA, PA 19119

8. 6100 Block Germantown Avenue
Cleanup Historic 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse
6121 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

9. Rockand Street Neighbors
15 W Rockland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

10. CHEW and BELFIELD NEIGHBORS CLUB, INC
6200 W. Chew Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138

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Party with W Rockland St at the Philly Spring Cleanup, Saturday, April 13

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Philly Spring CleanupSo you think picking up trash can’t possibly be fun? Think again! If you want to make a difference in Philadelphia and have fun doing it, join W Rockland Street Neighbors in Southwest Germantown for another exciting Philly Spring Cleanup project.

This is our fourth consecutive year W Rockland St has participated in the cleanup – in the past, we’ve cleared mounds of trash from vacant lots, built community gardens, painted vacant houses, planted flowers in the sidewalk, and more (take a look at our 2012 and 2011 projects). We call that change you can see, and we couldn’t have done it without the wonderful volunteers that join us each year. Come along and work with W Rockland St Neighbors!

2013 Spring Cleanup Goals:

  1. Help neighbors sweep the sidewalk and street along the entire block;
  2. Lend a hand in basic cleanup and maintenance of two large parcels of vacant land on the block;
  3. Repair and paint the wood fence protecting the vacant lot in the middle of the block;
  4. Help cleanup in front of vacant houses;
  5. Assist elderly neighbors in sprucing up their front yards;
  6. Plant flowers and plants in large pots and garden beds for sidewalk beautification.

 

W Rockland serves as an example of what one Philadelphia city block can do to change its future through citizen engagement, do-it-yourself spirit, and tactical urbanism. We are located between the 4800 blocks of Germantown Avenue and Greene Street, flanked by the 100 blocks of Logan and Wyneva Streets. Read more about our neighborhood improvement projects right here on our blog.

Got questions? Contact rocklandstreet@gmail.com // 215-805-8091 

Cleaning the alley during the 2010 Philly Spring Cleanup

Cleaning the alley during the 2010 Philly Spring Cleanup

Loading up the Streets Department trash truck during the 2012 Philly Spring Cleanup

Loading up the Streets Department trash truck during the 2012 Philly Spring Cleanup

Watering new pop up sidewalk gardens on W Rockland St

Watering new pop up sidewalk gardens on W Rockland St

Germantown Cleanup Meeting Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis

Philly Spring Cleanup 2009, volunteers in the corner lot at W Rockland and Greene St. View more photos from the 2009 cleanup on Flickr.

W Rockland Street has participated in the annual Philly Spring Cleanup in 2009, 2010 and 2011. We’re super excited that April 14, 2012 will mark the block’s 4th year participating in the city-wide project. W Rockland Street Neighbors will be sponsoring a Germantown Cleanup Meeting for residents in SW Germantown on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish to talk about two important projects extending beyond W Rockland St.

Goals for the Meeting:

1. Talk with SW Germantown Neighbors and DePaul Catholic School about the future of the lot at the corner of Greene & Rockland St and creating a community garden.

Neighbors on W Rockland St have been working to maintain the area for the past several years and keep the space clean and clear of illegal dumping, which long plagued the vacant lot at the corner of W Rockland and Greene. W Rockland St residents aggressively advocated to have the blighted houses at 4817 and 4815 Greene St torn down, which loomed over the neighborhood for nearly 20 years (maybe more). In June 2011, the buildings were demolished, after Mayor Michael Nutter paid a surprise visit to W Rockland St to check out the Grow This Block! garden project. The demolition was funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), managed by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia. For a look back, check out photos of the abandoned houses and learn about the demolition project:

2. Learn about and sign your block up for the annual PHILLY SPRING CLEANUP on Saturday, April 14.

Every block that signs up officially has the opportunity to receive donated supplies for your project including bags, shovels, rakes, brooms, gloves, new recycling bins, special bulk trash pickup and more.

We’re encouraging the blocks surrounding W Rockland St to participate alongside us in the Philly Spring Cleanup. Learn how to register your project at the meeting, or visit www.phillycleanup.com for more information.

We hope you can make it! Check out the flyer below. If you would like to print a copy or share the information, download a PDF of the flyer right here.

St. Francis of Assisi at 4821 Greene St
Enter on Greene St through Courtyard
(between Logan St & W Rockland St)

Questions? Email rocklandstreet@gmail.com or call (215) 805-8091.

Project Coordinators Meeting at City Hall

On March 23, Project Coordinators for the 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup met at City Hall to hear Mayor Nutter and Deputy Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams discuss this year’s cleanup. While the city pushed the Recycling Rewards program heavily, we think that recycling education is far more important! Politics thrive on statistics and one stat we fancy is that an amazing 4.5 million pounds of trash was collected last year during the 2010 cleanup.

On the flip-side, the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall is BEAUTIFUL!

Inside City Hall

Mayor Nutter speaking about the Philly Spring Cleanup

Germantown Community Meeting Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at St. Francis

Ainé’s been busy planning our first community meeting sponsored by W Rockland Street Neighbors! The meeting will be held on Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. We are super excited about our special guests including Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Streets Department and Officer Keys, Community Relations Officer for the 39th District, Philadelphia Department of Police, among others. We hope you can make it!

Check out our awesome flyer and share the news! If you would like to print a copy or share the information, download a PDF of the flyer right here.

Here’s the text for easy copy and pasting…

GERMANTOWN
Community Meeting
Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi at 4821 Greene St
Enter on Greene St through Courtyard
(between Logan St & W Rockland St)

Talk with SW Germantown Neighbors + Meet City Representatives

  • Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Streets Department
  • Philly311 Contact Center Director Rosetta Lue
  • Officer Keys, Community Relations Officer for the 39th District, Philadelphia Police Department
  • And more in attendance!

Learn about the Philly Spring Cleanup (April 2), UnLitter Us, SWEEPS, Philly311, vacant lot transformation projects, recycling & other beautification & community projects. Door prizes! Snacks! Refreshments!

Meeting sponsored by W Rockland St Neighbors
Questions? Email rocklandstreet@gmail.com or call (215) 805-8091

The 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 2 & W Rockland Street is participating!

It’s that time of year again. The 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is just around the corner! The city-wide cleanup will be heldon Saturday, April 2 beginning at 9 a.m. This is the 3rd year W Rockland Street is participating. Our first year was an huge success. Tons of neighbors came out to give the block a Spring cleaning and a group of students from Drexel University helped us to clean the vacant lots on the block, which were total dumping grounds at the time. Our second year, was even better! More neighbors got involved and student volunteers from St. John’s University, brought to us by organizers at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, came all the way from New York to pitch in.

2011 is here and we have bigger and better plans for transforming our vacant lots into permanent green space. Looking to get involved? Volunteer for our cleanup project! Register online here or email rocklandstreet@gmail.com.

W Rockland Street Cleanup and Lot Transformation Project

We have no funding, nor do we work with any partner organizations. Our group is comprised of a handful of block home-owners working to implement much needed change in our community.

Goals for the 2011 Spring Cleanup:

  • Clean up all 3 vacant lots (minor cleaning compared to previous years!)
  • Install garden beds in the largest vacant lot of the 3.
  • Install fences in order to help curb future illegal dumping issues – all 3 lots.
  • Cleanup and beautify our own homes and yards.
  • Cleanup the street and sidewalk areas along the entire block.
  • Work with our neighbors to cleanup in front of vacant houses (there are several).
  • Work with our neighbors to assist the elderly in cleaning up their properties.
  • Say no to litter and illegal dumping! Respect our neighbors. Make Rockland Street a beautiful, trash free and safe place to live for all residents!

Future Goals for W Rockland Street:

  • Following our initial cleanup, we hope to continue hosting regular cleanups.
  • We would like to have the entire sidewalk and curbs redone on both sides of the street.
  • We would like to have trees planted on the block in vacant lots and along the sidewalk. (Is it possible to get trees from the city?)
  • We want to make Rockland Street clean and beautiful and keep it that way.

W Rockland Street makes front-page news in the Germantown Chronicle!

A photo from the Philly Spring Cleanup on W Rockland Street is featured on the cover of the April 15, 2010 edition of the Germantown Chronicle newspaper!

Click here to download a PDF of the full newspaper (6.70MB)

The Germantown Chronicle

West Rockland Street residents (left to right) Jayda Peart, 6; Jamya Felder, 4; and Indiya Briscoe, 5, had to be among the youngest participants in Germantown during the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 10. They were joined by scores of others who turned out to spruce up their neighborhoods all over the Northwest. Photo by Emaleigh Doley.

Success @ Philly Spring Cleanup

Kids at the Philly Spring Cleanup

Kids at the Philly Spring Cleanup

On Saturday, April 10th, W Rockland Street joined Mayor Michael Nutter and thousands of volunteers in neighborhoods across Philadelphia for the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. This year was a big success. We had much more participation from block residents than last year which felt pretty awesome. Kids and adults of all ages including longtime residents and homeowners to new neighbors and renters worked alongside each other throughout the day with many neighbors helping one another out. I have to say that I was honestly very surprised by the turnout. It really was an amazing day.

Block residents cleaned alleyways and vacant lots, beautified homes and gardens, and removed trash from the sidewalks and streets. Neighbors also used the cleanup as an opportunity for home improvement projects. Basements were cleared out, an old deck was torn down and more. The trash piles were HUGE!

A growing trash collection site

A growing trash collection site during the cleanup

We were also once again joined by volunteers who came all the way from New York City to help out! Last year, a big group of fraternity brothers from Drexel University helped us clean the worst vacant lot on our block (remember this, ugh). This year, block residents worked alongside our wonderful student volunteers from St. John’s University, brought to us by organizers at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The church is also home to W Rockland Street – located at the bottom of W Rockland Street between Logan and Green Streets. When we saw the students in their matching t-shirts come marching through the school yard with one of the priests from the church we were beyond excited. We could not have accomplished our project to such a degree without the volunteers!

Thanks also to the Philadelphia Department of Streets and sanitation crew for the special trash pick-up and to the Philly Spring Cleanup for once again providing much needed supplies. We were able to give residents recycling bins, brooms (best corn brooms ever by the way), trash bags and work gloves. We also had rakes and shovels for the bigger projects.

Next up for W Rockland Street is the first block meeting of 2010 on April 17. Looking forward to it.

View more photos from the cleanup on Flickr.

Let’s Keep Up the Sweep Up!

The St. John's University volunteers with kids and block residents

St. John's University volunteers with kids and block residents

We’re back!

We started this blog last year with big goals for our block. Some of these were achieved (then reversed). All in all, our block has continued to decline. Yet in between, we’ve continued to do loads of research, a ton of paperwork and lots of grunt work on our own with the help of a few dedicated neighbors. It’s now 2010 and we’re back to try again. This time, we’re going to be smarter and more organized. We’ve already registered for the official Philly Spring Cleanup and we’re getting ready for the big day on April 10. Stay tuned for more updates!

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.

Philly Spring Cleanup LOGO

MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES 2ND PHILLY SPRING CLEANUP
MAYOR’S  OFFICE  OF  COMMUNICATIONS

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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