Participants Sought For City Cleanup On May 18

Registrations are being accepted for the annual M&T Bank Hands-On Jamestown Community Cleanup taking place on Saturday, May 18.

“We invite the entire community to pre-register for the annual cleanup by visiting our website at www.jrconline.org or giving us a call,” said Tiffani Conti, Jamestown Renaissance Corp. event and marketing associate. “Online registration is brand new this year and we have already seen a great response. This event is open to community members of all ages and we anticipate another successful year with hundreds of volunteers.”

Hands-On Jamestown is a planned, comprehensive cleanup involving hundreds of local volunteers from the city of Jamestown and surrounding region. Pre-registration is requested to help with location assignment prior to the event. Those who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Tracy Plaza at City Hall with a continental breakfast provided by Tops and Wal-Mart featuring fresh fruit and granola bars. In addition, Bob Evans will provide coffee and bottled water will be available courtesy of Pepsi of Jamestown.

Volunteers will receive their designated cleanup location when they check-in. Tools and garbage bags will be furnished by the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department, re-useable cloth gloves have been donated by True Value along with disposable gloves provided by JAMA and Chautauqua Brick. All volunteers are asked to bring additional tools including gloves, rakes, shovels, brooms, gloves and weed eaters. Garbage pick-up will be completed by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

Once locations are finished, volunteers can return to Tracy Plaza for a light lunch with hot dogs and bottled water provided by Farm Fresh Foods and Pepsi of Jamestown.

Participants are asked to leave full garbage bags at the corners of the main intersections along Second, Third and Fourth streets. BPU residential Solid Waste Customers looking to dispose of yard waste are asked to visit the new Yard Waste Site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1001 Monroe St., at the dead end of Monroe Street off of Eighth Street. Call the garbage hotline at 661-1651 for more information on participant stickers needed to use the site or visit the BPU Customer Service office to pick up a free sticker. Each solid waste account holder can receive one sticker. A flier about the site will be distributed with every sticker or visit jamestownbpu.com. Additional directions will be given at the start of Hands-On Jamestown.

M&T Bank Hands-On Jamestown is sponsored in part by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Jamestown, Gebbie Foundation, City of Jamestown, Board of Public Utilities, Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works.

Many new projects and locations are being incorporated into this year’s clean-up including the small city park located on the corner of Second and Fifth streets and several neighborhood locations outside the downtown core.

“With the increase of volunteers each year we have been able to expand the focus of the event into the neighborhoods while continuing to complete the downtown core,” Conti said. “Hands-On Jamestown has really turned into a community initiative with everyone working together to better the community including downtown business and property owners, employees, neighborhood residents, public officials, non-profit organizations, city departments, area schools, and the faith community.”

In 2012 Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play of Chautauqua County organized a special cleanup of Lillian Dickson Park on Falconer Street to provide needed improvements to make it a vibrant green space for the neighborhood. This year, Creating Healthy Places is working with neighbors and not-for-profit organizations to create a Lillian Dickson Park group to organize activities in the park, raise money to purchase pre-school handicapped accessible play equipment and help create a park that is a safe, inviting and full of family activities, including the Sunflowers for Lillian Dickson Park program. For more information on Sunflowers for Lillian Dickson Park visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/SunflowersforLillianDicksonPark or call Janet Forbes at 338-0010.

For more information on Hands-On Jamestown and to pre-register a group, visit www.jrconline.org, call 664-2477, ext 226, or like the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation on Facebook.