About This Series

Participate

Individually

All it takes is 15 minutes a week to keep your community clean all year long. Pledge to spend 15 minutes by yourself, or with a team, cleaning up problem areas you see. Clean-up spaces around your home or place of business, or contact the Downtown Spokane office to coordinate a team clean-up and receive supplies and assistance.

If you’re competitive, snap a photo of your efforts, tag @downtownspokane on any social media platform with the hashtag #SpringClean2018, and enter to win morning doughnuts and coffee for your team! Courtesy of Downtown Spokane.

Daily areas of emphasis:

  • Monday: Sidewalks
  • Tuesday: Graffiti and parking lots
  • Wednesday: Alleyways
  • Thursday: Planter and tree beds
  • Friday Spiff the Block: Downtown is throwing a mini Block Party to help clean-up two areas that need some love. Register to participate on Volunteer Spokane, as part of Spokane Gives Month.

If you are planning a daily clean-up with a team, make it count by registering your volunteer hours on Volunteer Spokane.

As a business

As a business make the pledge to reduce the amount waste, litter and energy use you create. During Spring Clean Week implement one, or several, of the suggestions below and make a big difference a little bit at a time.

  • The number one item of litter is food waste. Offer a deal for diners who bring in their own mugs or re-usable containers for to-go beverages.
  • Establish smoking areas with appropriate ash receptacles for employees and customers.
  • Encourage customers to bring their own bag, sell re-usable cloth bags or only use bags for large and bulky items.
  • Plant and maintain flowers along a curb or sidewalk. People litter less where areas have been beautified.
  • Open garbage cans will get rummaged through. Invest in a locking dumpster or a gated area to dispose of trash. Work with neighboring properties to collaborate on the best place for trash to go.
    Install motion sensor lights in alley to reduce energy use and create safe, well-lit spaces.

Clean and safe

The downtown Clean Team encourages participants to dispose of materials safely.

Please do not reach into bushes or other areas which may contain potentially harmful items such as drug paraphernalia, needles, broken glass, etc. Use gloves at all times, do not pick anything up with your bare hands. Stay away from biological waste. If you encounter any of the preceding call the Clean Team at 509.624.9111. Report graffiti to the City of Spokane by calling 3-1-1.

Follow all traffic signs and signals when crossing streets. If you are working on a sidewalk please wear a reflective safety vest. Please do not make any attempt at waking people up who may be in your way.

Spring Clean Week is presented by Republic Services

Republic Services, Inc. was incorporated in 1996 with a “can do” spirit, driving its dramatic growth and acquisitions through the years, welcoming other organizations that share its values and fiduciary discipline. Today, Republic Services, Inc. is the second largest provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry. Republic Services provides non-hazardous solid waste and recycling services for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers.

Past Events

  • Friday, Mar 1 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Thursday, Feb 28 / 3:00pm

    Downtown Spokane Annual Meeting

    You're invited to join us in celebrating downtown's reimagination on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Centennial Hotel.

    Learn what urban centers are doing to revitalize and reimagine the purpose of the urban space. Specifically how are we capitalizing on - and reflecting - the personality of the community around us. Addressing the question, “How can Spokane’s downtown become a unique city center and destination for business, residents and visitors?”

    With Keynote Speaker Kate Joncas

    A proven expert in the fields of strategic planning, downtown development and public/private partnership strategies, Joncas brings her expertise to clients who need to solve complicated urban development problems.

    For 20 years Joncas served as the CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, guiding one of the most successful revitalization projects in the country, creating a vibrant downtown Seattle with robust retail, transportation and jobs, thousands of residents, and a growing, diverse economy. Prior to that she assisted dozens of communities through the design and implementation of successful downtown revitalization strategies at the National Main Street Center and the Oregon Downtown Development Association.

    As Seattle Deputy Mayor from 2014 - 2017, Joncas managed City operations, led complex intergovernmental projects – including major waterfront redevelopment and Convention Center expansion – and developed a nationally recognized government performance initiative.

    Presenting

    Major

    Partner


    Contributing

    The Davenport Hotel Collection
    Kiemle Hagood
    Spokane Symphony
    Spokane Transit Authority

    Media Partner

  • Tuesday, Feb 19 / 4:30pm

    Drinks on Downtown

    Event professionals work hard behind the scenes building first class experiences on tiny budgets with limited resources. At this quarterly event, downtown Spokane wants to say “thanks” for all you do. We also want to introduce you to the amazing individuals making things happen here in Spokane, and hopefully inspire future collaboration through networking in a low-pressure environment.

    So stop by anytime between 4:30 and 6:30pm and we will buy your first drink. After that, it’s up to you.

    Join us in February at the new 1st Ave Coffee.

    *Must be 21 and older

  • Friday, Jan 4 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Friday, Dec 7 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Friday, Nov 2 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Friday, Oct 5 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Friday, Sep 28 / 11:30am

    Food Truck Fridays

    Back by popular demand, Downtown Spokane is shutting down Wall Street every Friday for June, July, August and September to bring you Food Truck Fridays!

    This year with a wider variety of trucks, take a break from your day for great food, entertainment and company.

    Appearances by: Brain Feeze Creamery * Compass Breakfast Wagon * Couple of Chefs * Crate * D. Lish’s * King of Tacos * Mac Daddy’s * Mangia * Meat BBQ * Mixed Plate * One Night Stand BBQ * Skewers * Tacos Camargo * Toby’s BBQ

    For a weekly schedule of trucks visit http://greaterspokanefoodtrucks.com/events/.

    Entertainment schedule:

  • Friday, Sep 21 / 11:30am

    Food Truck Fridays

    Back by popular demand, Downtown Spokane is shutting down Wall Street every Friday for June, July, August and September to bring you Food Truck Fridays!

    This year with a wider variety of trucks, take a break from your day for great food, entertainment and company.

    Appearances by: Brain Feeze Creamery * Compass Breakfast Wagon * Couple of Chefs * Crate * D. Lish’s * King of Tacos * Mac Daddy’s * Mangia * Meat BBQ * Mixed Plate * One Night Stand BBQ * Skewers * Tacos Camargo * Toby’s BBQ

    For a weekly schedule of trucks visit http://greaterspokanefoodtrucks.com/events/.

    Entertainment schedule:

  • Friday, Sep 14 / 11:30am

    Food Truck Fridays

    Back by popular demand, Downtown Spokane is shutting down Wall Street every Friday for June, July, August and September to bring you Food Truck Fridays!

    This year with a wider variety of trucks, take a break from your day for great food, entertainment and company.

    Appearances by: Brain Feeze Creamery * Compass Breakfast Wagon * Couple of Chefs * Crate * D. Lish’s * King of Tacos * Mac Daddy’s * Mangia * Meat BBQ * Mixed Plate * One Night Stand BBQ * Skewers * Tacos Camargo * Toby’s BBQ

    For a weekly schedule of trucks visit http://greaterspokanefoodtrucks.com/events/.

    Entertainment schedule: