- Amy Mendillo for East Side Monthly
Spring Cleaning on Wickenden
This past April, Fox Point neighbors gathered to beautify Wickenden Street for the annual FPNA Earth Day Cleanup. From Benefit Street at the west to the Boys and Girls Club at the east, the volunteers picked up litter, weeded, mulched, and planted annuals in the street-side beds. “Wickenden Street is the commercial heart of our community,” commented event organizer and FPNA Board member Alissa Peterson. “We wanted to focus our clean-up this year on a high-traffic zone—an area that would affect as many people as possible.” In all, she said, about 15 people provided elbow grease while the City funded mulch and plants.
Thanks to the Wickenden Area Merchants Association (WAMA), neighbor-volunteers not only re-fueled after the clean-up with complementary hot dogs and beer, but continued the festivities by attending the nearby WAMA Makers and Merchants Sidewalk Sale. “One volunteer had just moved to the neighborhood. The clean-up was the first neighborhood event she had done,” commented Peterson. “It was fun,” she continued. “Everyone felt good about it. And the sidewalk sale afterwards was great.”
While the FPNA mission includes speaking out about neighborhood issues and advocating for change when necessary, we also build community through events like this one. We welcome your participation. Please join us at our next monthly meeting or community event.