The city of Cheney gears up for its annual Clean Sweep taking place April 21 at the Veterans’ Memorial Park.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will check in at Veterans’ Memorial Park located on Fourth Street before being divided throughout the city for Clean Sweep.
At noon, volunteers can return to the park for a complementary lunch provided by Dessert Pals, Activate Cellular, Gatto’s Pizza, Corona Village and Fellow Baptist Church.
“I’ve lived here my whole life and my grand kids get involved with the Clean Sweep sometimes and it’s a good thing, too.
Kids need to help take care of the area they live in,” said Mary Monree, a Cheney local. “An event like this is great for community building. It’s also a great excuse to be outside in such lovely weather.”
Two dumpster drop-off locations will be available for local residents wanting to dispose of their household garbage and construction debris and metals, such as bikes frames and grills. Furniture disposals are not included. Drop-off locations include Amazing Grace Fellowship, located at 416 Betz Road, and Presley Drive, located across from Fire District Three.
Tire and battery materials can be dropped off for
free recycling at the Les Schwab Tire Center on 7 Spokane St. The Cheney Recycling Center, located at 100 Anderson Road, isthe designated location for the disposal of yard waste.
For safe disposal of personal documents, Cheney community members can drop them off at the Cheney Federal Credit Union located on 520 First Street. During this “Shredfest,” the credit union will also accept donations forthe Cheney Food Bank.
“I plan on volunteering,” said freshman Alley Peters. “I love being outside and helping people, so why not? I think this is a great way to give back to the community.”
Event sponsors include Edward Jones Investments, Jarms Hardware, Jazzercise Cheney, Cheney Do It Best Hardware, Cheney ABC Preschool, Spokane Regional Solid Waste, Doug Nixon Farmers Insurance, Jackie Olson State Farm Insurance and more.
Depending on the number of participants, volunteers will be split up equally to the different parts of town. The clean up event, put on by the city of Cheney, strives to help make Cheney better and brighter, according to City Senior Planner Brett Lucas.
“The goals will be to show strong community support, more so than we had last year. Last year, we had over 100 attendees, so we hope to get over 100 attendees this year [and] a chance to find areas in the community that needs some attention and clean them up,” Lucas said.
According to Lucas, the city is in the process of compiling the list of locations around Cheney that require attention and work.
For the first three years, Cheney Clean Sweep was managed by the police department. This will be the second year in a row that the event is hosted by the Community Development Department. The department consists of the Cheney Planning Department, Code and Enforcement Department and the Building Department.
“It’s a chance for a community of our size to do this and support community events, as well as show our connection with the school district, university and other civic community organizations,” said Lucas. “We can all pull together and make Cheney a better place to live and work.”