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PRESS RELEASE: Back to School Neighborhood Cleanup in District 9 - 8/13/16

For immediate release:  August 12, 2016
Contact: Mindy Linetzky, 415-554-4829
Back to School Neighborhood Cleanup in District 9
Cleaning and Greening to Ready the City for a New School Year
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – More than 150 volunteers are expected to join Public Works crews at this month’s Community Clean Team for the back to school season. Volunteers will be sprucing up and greening the schools, parks and playgrounds located throughout the Bernal Heights, Mission and Portola neighborhoods. In addition to the cleanup, Recology will be distributing free compost for community gardeners and collecting unwanted household items at 2300 Folsom St. at 19th Street.
What: Community Clean Team District 9 cleanup
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (speaking program begins at 9 a.m.)
Location: John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St.
Who: City crews and community volunteers 
Photo opportunities at Saturday’s event include:
Removing weeds and debris at Precita and Alabama streets
Beautifying Garfield Playground at 26th and Harrison streets
Cleaning and painting on and around John O’Connell High School
Improving tree basins on San Bruno Ave. from Mansell St. to Silver Ave.
Sprucing up Burrows Pocket Park off San Bruno Ave. at Burrows St.
2016 marks the sixteenth year for Community Clean Team, making it Public Work’s largest and longest-running volunteer program. With more than 10,000 volunteers, the Community Clean Team program has been able to collect 1,900 bags of litter and paint over 3.6 million square feet of graffiti. 
Each month, volunteers come from across the City to beautify community spaces through removing litter and weeds, abating graffiti and cleaning tree basins. Community Clean Team is an opportunity for residents to give back to the City and foster a sense of community.
Sponsors and volunteer organizations include: 76, Walgreens, Emerald Fund, Starbucks, The Hilton, Local 261, Recology, United Playaz, Academy of Art University, Luxor Cabs, San Francisco Clean City Coalition, Friends of the Urban Forest, The Garden Project, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Portola Neighborhood Association, John O’Connell High School, Project 20 Pretrial Diversion Program, San Francisco Parks Alliance – Clean and Green Crew, SF Geo Care, San Francisco Housing Authority, Tzu-Chi Foundation, Community Youth Center San Francisco, Got Graffiti, SFPD Academy, San Francisco City Football Club and SF Environment.
About San Francisco Public Works: The 24/7 City agency cleans and resurfaces streets; plants and nurtures City-maintained street trees; designs, constructs and maintains City-owned facilities; inspects streets and sidewalks; builds curb ramps; eradicates graffiti; partners with neighborhoods; trains people for jobs; maintains the right of way; and educates our communities.  
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Release Date
Friday, August 12, 2016