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Public invited to join Mayor Barry’s Citywide Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 23

April 14, 2016

Public Works to Begin Sidewalk Cleanup Monday April 18

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville has become a destination city to visit and to live in, and Mayor Megan Barry’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, along with Metro councilmembers, other Metro departments, community groups, and Metro Public Works are working on multiple fronts throughout the county to clean up and beautify our community.

The public is invited to join Mayor Barry’s Citywide Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 23.  The April 23 cleanup is a day for Nashvillians to come together to work to make Nashville and Davidson County a better, and prettier, place to live, work, and visit. In conjunction with the Spring Cleanup, Comcast employees, through their Comcast Cares Volunteer program, will be providing volunteers for several of the larger cleanups. To date, 48 cleanups and beautification events have already been scheduled for April 23! “It’s a great time for spring cleaning, and I hope many Nashvillians will join me and our community partners for our 1st Citywide Spring Cleanup, said Mayor Barry. “Together we can spruce up Nashville and keep our city beautiful.

View Mayor Barry’s Spring Clean Flyer, organize a cleanup in your neighborhood, and/or to volunteer at an existing cleanup online, or call (615) 862-8418.

Metro Public Works also is strengthening efforts to clean up and keep Nashville in tip top condition with several initiatives on the near horizon. Toward this goal, beginning April 15, Metro Public Works, along with the Nashville Downtown Partnership, will begin pressure washing sidewalks between 1st Avenue North and 5th Avenue North, and between James Robertson Parkway and Broadway. Crews will also use a “soda blaster” to rid sidewalks of the tougher to clean utility markings, discolorations, and other unsightly spots. The soda blaster is an environmentally safe, non-abrasive tool that uses baking soda to clean surfaces. The baking soda is rinsed away easily with water.

The sidewalk cleaning project will take place through mid-May, and to allow for cleanup operations during this time, Public Works is limiting the issuance of new right-of-way permits in this area. Metro Public Works has worked with utility companies and contractors on strengthened policy for low impact markings on sidewalks and throughout the public right-of-way. Marking companies and/or contractors will use water based or chalk based products to ensure future markings do not remain past completion of the work.

“Metro Government and Metro Public Works are making beautification a priority with more long term meaningful efforts to come, said Mark Macy, Public Works Director. It’s important toward ensuring we continue to have and maintain the highest quality of life.”