We’re excited to announce that Bella Vista Neighbors Association has launched a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of paid sidewalk and curb sweeping in our neighborhood.

We recognize that many of you are already doing your part to sweep up the sidewalk in front of your home, and even pitch in to clean up surrounding blocks. Unfortunately, it is not enough – as can be readily seen on a walk through the neighborhood. There are many blocks where, for a variety of reasons, the volume of litter simply outpaces the volunteer capacity.

BVNA regularly hears from residents that litter is their primary concern. In response, we have pursued quotes from multiple organizations. We also polled our peers, and to the best of our knowledge, all surrounding neighborhood community groups already have various organized efforts in place, whereby a third party performs routine sweeping of their sidewalks and curbs.

BVNA Sweeping Map

BVNA is therefore addressing the need and undertaking this ambitious project by partnering with ACAM, a service already used in nearby Queen Village and South Street Headhouse District. ACAM will sweep Bainbridge, Fitzwater, Catharine, Christian and Carpenter streets, and the north side of Washington Avenue, from 6th to 11th. They will also sweep those numbered streets, with the exception of the two blocks of 9th Street, from Christian down to Washington, as that corridor is overseen by the Italian Market and has unique logistics and needs.

2018 was our inaugural year, and with your help, we were able to reach our goal of $25,000, which allowed us to sweep every other week from April to December.   Workers collected and removed 849 bags, or 10.61 tons worth of litter from our neighborhood.

We are currently re-launching our fundraising efforts in order to be able to perform this service again in 2019.  We need to raise $30,000 which will allow us to sweep weekly.   We hope you can partner with us in making that a reality.

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