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Shaping Up the Fifth Summer Clean Up Projects to Focus on Alleys
Fifth District Libraries Will Get Some Attention
Shaping Up the Fifth Summer Clean Up Projects to Focus on Alleys

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske will host an alley clean up project every Wednesday through Friday from 8 am – noon, beginning Wednesday, July 24 to remove weeds and debris, and inspect for potholes and removal of graffiti.

The Councilwoman’s ongoing effort to address infrastructure needs in the Fifth Council District, called “Shaping Up the Fifth,” focuses on local alleys every two years. Council staff and neighborhood volunteers continuously inspect and inventory the district’s streets and sidewalks.

“Fifth District residents can join our volunteer crew and help to beautify their neighborhood. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference,” commented Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, “Our district is the largest geographically in the city, but because our residents are very active in the community, we are able to inventory infrastructure issues and prioritize needs by neighborhood.”

The first alley to be addressed is between Palo Verde and Hackett from Keynote north to where it dead ends south of Saint Maria Goretti School. Volunteers are asked to meet at the alley at Conant between Hackett and Palo Verde Avenue at 8 am on Wednesday, July 7. Residents are invited to bring their own tools to supplement the limited number of rakes, shovels, and gloves that will be available. 

Volunteers and residents are invited to join Councilwoman Schipske in this community event that will promote a healthier neighborhood and involve residents in assessing infrastructure needs. Volunteers will meet at targeted locations each week to help pull weeds, bag up debris, and make note of issues such as faded signs, graffiti, dumped items, and potholes. Ruth Bach and El Dorado Neighborhood Libraries will also get some help from volunteers later in the summer with some fresh paint, and clean up tasks.

To volunteer for the alley clean up project and to confirm daily locations, please call the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932 or email