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Mayor Walsh asks residents to "Scrub the Hub" during Boston Shines

April 15, 2014

Neighborhood Services

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Neighborhood Services

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has asked for Boston residents’ help in beautifying the city for Spring. This year marks the twelfth year of Boston Shines, the City’s annual volunteer Spring clean-up. This year, the event has been extended across three weekends, and will bring together more than 5,000 volunteers, including businesses, community groups, and residents to clean up after this year's harsh winter. 

“It was a long, tough winter,” Mayor Walsh said. “But the days are getting longer and it’s time for Spring cleaning. Boston belongs to all of us, and I’m encouraging residents in all our neighborhoods to come out and volunteer to ‘Scrub the Hub’ and help make Boston even more beautiful. When we work together across the city, we improve the quality of life for all Boston residents. I’m looking forward to working with my neighbors to make Boston shine.”

The City of Boston will be expanding Boston Shines volunteer opportunities while focusing on four service areas: physical service, university engagement, youth development, and creating opportunities to help unite neighbors and communities. Through Boston Shines, Mayor Walsh seeks to increase volunteerism and civic engagement across the city, improve the quality of life for all Boston residents, and help demonstrate the City’s solidarity working together to make one Boston.  

Representatives from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services will call upon constituents to help each other bring vibrancy back to the parks, sidewalks, school yards, and streets. Brooms, shovels, and other tools will be provided by the City and distributed at one of the hundreds of sites that have been identified for cleaning. 

This year, Boston Shines will take place over three weekends in April and May:

  • The first weekend, April 25 and 26, will take place in West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Allston and Brighton.
  • The second weekend, May 2 and 3, will take place in Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan. 
  • The final weekend, May 9 and 10, will finish up in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway, South End, Bay Village, North End, West End, Downtown, Charlestown, Chinatown, East Boston and South Boston.

Individuals, Groups, and Organizations can sign up now at the following link:

For more information, participants can call the Office of Neighborhood Services at 617-635-3485, or the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline (617-635-4500) on weekends and after-hours.