Dozens of volunteers prepared to spruce up Spokane Saturday

Dozens of volunteers prepared to spruce up Spokane Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is in the air and this Saturday hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to spruce up Spokane in the second annual "Cleaning From The Core."

For many of us, springtime means it's time to tidy up our homes, and the City of Spokane is no different.

"We want to put on our best face for all of our visitors and guests coming into town," Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane said.

Coddington said there are approximately 400 volunteers -- which is double the number who showed up last year -- who are ready to help pitch in and help clean up the city.

Volunteers will pick up litter, prepare flower beds and remove graffiti.

"When the mayor's initiative was shared with us, it was natural for us to be a part, the response we have gotten from our staff has been overwhelming," Traci McGlathery with Spokane Teachers Credit Union said.

STCU is the reason for the number of volunteers doubling this year. They're sending 200 people to help clean the city on Saturday.

"This is the center point of our city so to do what we can to make it pretty and restore it is an important part of our volunteerism," McGlathery said.

The event is at capacity as the city has more than enough volunteers, but cleaning downtown isn't just a once a year deal.

"We really do work on it year round, we got businesses invested downtown that want to be a part of the graffiti removal," Coddington said.

One of those businesses is Bernardo-Wills Architects.

"We called and asked for some paint so that if it got marked up again, we could just paint over it quickly," Gretchen Renz with Bernardo-Wills Architects said.

Renz said before the city painted a railroad overpass by their business the area was a mess, but in the last year, it's gotten much better.

"I haven't had to paint in at least two months and I noticed it's kind of smaller, not huge, just little marks, easy to take care of," Renz said.

"Cleaning From The Core" kicks off "Spokane Gives Week." The goal is to get people involved in a volunteer project during the week of April 12 through 19.