If you’re headed through the Whiteaker on June 10, there’s a good chance you’ll run into masked and caped avengers sweeping through to pick up trash.
This Sunday will be the fifth annual Whiteaker Clean Up and Community Celebration, an idea generated by Wayde Love. “It started out with me being on the community council and just wanting to make a really fun, cool clean-up,” he says.
While on the Whiteaker Community Council, Love made contacts and networked with Sanipac and community business owners who were interested in cleaning up the neighborhood. He now receives donations from them every year to help out in the clean up. Love estimates that nearly 200 volunteers will participate this year.
Since the event’s inception, Love thought wearing costumes would make for a more fun and celebratory approach. The costume types vary from year to year. He got the idea for superheroes this year after missing out on a superhero-themed party. But he also sees the inherent similarities between those who come out to clean up and dress up as crime fighters.
“It makes sense because we really are superheroes,” he says. Love estimates they found about 80 used needles strewn about last year and pounds upon pounds of recycling and trash were picked up. “It really is a superhero thing when you come out,” he says. “A lot of people want to do something good and it makes it kind of fun for them to do.”
The event starts at noon at Scobert Gardens Park with food to gear up for the day and a speech before groups will be divided up and assigned areas. Costumes are not required but encouraged. There will be live music and a raffle with prizes from local businesses including a gift certificate to Izakaya Meji and coffee from Wandering Goat. More info at http://wkly.ws/1am
Meanwhile, planning is well under way for the sixth annual Whiteaker Block Party from noon to 11 pm Saturday, Aug. 4. The big event has a Facebook page with 2,346 “likes.”