SOUTH SIDE SHINES EVENT TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
(Providence, RI – March 25, 2010) Community Works Rhode Island is hosting the first annual South Side Shines to celebrate Earth Day and highlight new developments and positive changes on Broad Street. This event is in partnership with the City of Providence Department of Public Works, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Quisqueya en Accion. The event will take place on Broad Street on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The kick-off will be 9:00am at the Algonquin House at 807 Broad Street. The day will close with lunch and a community celebration from 1:00-3:00pm. The rain date will be May 1.
Over 150 volunteers from the neighborhood, community organizations, Bank of America and other partners will come together to beautify Broad Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 at Algonquin House at 807 Broad Street and move out along the street to clean up trash, sweep sidewalks and assist merchants with cleaning storefronts. Volunteers will return to the Algonquin House at 1:00 for lunch donated by Aramark, and to enjoy music and environmental activities by local organizations.
The activities will also include the installation of street furniture created by The Steel Yard, the unveiling of the Broad Street banner campaign funded through the City of Providence Neighborhood Markets program, planting of Providence’s first public fruit orchard at Locust Grove Cemetery with Southside Community Land Trust and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, planting and beautification at St. Michael’s Church, and a spring cleanup at Grace Church Cemetery at Elmwood Avenue and Broad Street.
Carrie Marsh, Executive Director of CWRI said, “We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with the City and our partners in the community, and to engage with our neighbors in a fun and productive day. We look forward to working together to positively transform the neighborhood by cleaning streets, planting trees, and installing artist-designed street furniture and banners. Community Works and SWAP currently have significant real estate developments under construction along the Broad Street corridor. Working together we can highlight the street and continue to build on the new investments that are being made.”