The Burlington Business Association (BBA) officially kicked off their “Adopt Your Sidewalk” campaign with a downtown wide clean up effort on the morning of Friday, May 6th.
This clean up effort marks the official launch of the BBA’s Adopt Your Sidewalk Campaign, which asks businesses to sign up and pledge to clean, maintain and beautify the strip of sidewalk in front of their business.
The clean up event was held in conjunction with Green Up Day, which took place the following day, Saturday May 7th.
The event began at 8:30 am with a kick off on College street between Liebling and Vermont Farm Table. Downtown business owners and staff attended with brooms in hand and Green Up day bags at the ready. Kara Alnasrawi, BBA Board Member, small business owner and Committee Chair of the Downtown Action Group gave some background to the group on the origins of the Adopt Your Sidewalk campaign. Chapin Spencer, Director of DPW spoke about the importance of not just clean sidewalks, but ones that are structurally sound and free of cracks and broken concrete- an improvement that the city is working on in the coming year.
“The success of our downtown is the result of the hard work of many individuals and organizations working together, and the BBA’s Adopt Your Sidewalk campaign is another great example of this type of collaboration” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “It’s exciting to see business owners come out and work together to improve the look and feel of our sidewalks for everyone to enjoy.”
Following this kick off, Business owners and staff each headed to their own respective sidewalks for a clean up effort. Some even got ambitious and extended their clean up to neighboring vacant store fronts and alley ways!