Oshawa yesterday issued a call to community members, local organizations and businesses to join in and lend a hand to make the neighbourhoods, parks, trails and greenspaces in the downtown core cleaner with the next downtown community clean-up on Saturday, September 17.
The fall Community Clean-Up supports the mandate of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being, including the Task Force’s focus on community action for community solutions and its phased approach beginning with the downtown core.
Community members participating in the downtown community clean-up are required to pre-register in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 905-438-3146 or learn more by visiting www.oshawa.ca/community-clean-up.
The fall downtown clean-up will begin at 9 am. Participants will be provided with disposable gloves and garbage bags, and are asked to please meet at the City Hall North Parkette at 9 am. Complimentary parking is available in the staff parking lot to the west of City Hall (at King and Queen Streets), as well as complimentary on-street parking is available in the downtown on weekends.
Groups that would like to organize a cleanup in their own neighbourhood, including parks, green spaces and trails, can pre-register to receive free garbage bags and gloves (while supplies last). For more information, including the registration form, visit www.oshawa.ca/community-clean-up or call 905-438-3146.
If you see it, report it! To make cleaner and safer neighbourhoods for all, the City of Oshawa’s collaborative reporting campaign – If you see it, report it! – encourages community members and businesses to report safety concerns, including soliciting, loitering, garbage, graffiti, discarded needles and criminal activity.
Many non-emergency issues such as soliciting, loitering, camping, garbage, graffiti, discarded needles can be reported to Service Oshawa (905-436-3311, www.serviceoshawa.ca). The DRPS has a non-emergency number at 905-579-1520; always call: 9-1-1 for emergencies and serious crimes in progress.
“I encourage everyone to join me for our upcoming downtown clean-up event,” says Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Let’s work together to keep our downtown and neighbourhoods clean and welcoming for all.”