Thursday, April 18, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A community member paints a park bench during Village Pride, Village Wide in 2018. | File
Participants at the annual Village Wide, Village Pride cleanup — which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Maywood this year — will set their sights on bridges; in particular, the overpasses above the Eisenhower Expressway.
During a Maywood Board of Trustees meeting on March 19, Loretta Brown, a member of the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission, which leads planning efforts for the annual cleanup event, said that this year’s cleanup will focus much more on the arts, in general.
“We want to do more art projects this year,” Brown said. “We want to do an overpass project over the I-290 expressway, similar to what you see in Forest Park and Oak Park when you go across their overpasses.”
Forest Park residents painting the Circle Avenue Bridge in 2017. Organizers of Village Pride, Village Wide want to do something similar in Maywood this year. | Forest Park Review
Brown said that volunteers will also have an opportunity to engage in sidewalk art. Last year, she said, volunteers painted park benches during the annual cleanup.
Brown, who is also a co-founder of the nonprofit Proviso Partners for Health, a social justice and wellness alliance comprising multiple local organizations, urged residents who can’t make it out to the cleanup on April 27 to set aside some other time to spruce up their neck of Maywood.
“If you find that you can’t come that morning, put your block club together and have them clean the block you live in,” she said. “Spruce up your business the day before. Put a team together to go out and clean.”
Brown said that she and her fellow organizers are currently looking for local business, churches and organizations to sponsor the event.
“This event is primarily sponsored and paid for by donations and sponsorships, so I’m requesting that anyone who can sponsor us do so, because it helps us pay for the costs of this event and ensures that the burden doesn’t fall completely on the village,” she said.
Village Pride, Village Wide will kick off this year, Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m., at the Maywood Gazebo, located just behind the Maywood Police Station at 121 S. 5th Ave. (in the park along Oak Street, between 1st and 5th Avenues).
Click here to pre-register for Village Pride, Village Wide. Organizers are asking participants to pre-register by April 19. For more info, contact Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary D’Anza Mora at email@example.com. VFP