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 #SpringClean2019.

Enter to win morning doughnuts and coffee for your team by submitting below. Courtesy of Downtown Spokane and Republic Services.

Enter

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 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.

Volunteer

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, May 3 / 11:00am

    Food Truck Fridays

    Bigger and better! Downtown Spokane is shutting down Wall Street every Friday for May, June, July, and August 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: Compass Breakfast Wagon * 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/.

     

  • Friday, May 31 / 5:00pm

    Wheatland Bank Free Horse and Carriage Rides

    Horse and Carriage Rides will clip along starting Friday May 31. Enjoy the sights of downtown from a horse drawn carriage, and sit back to enjoy the ride.

    • Fridays 5:00 to 9:00pm
    • Pick-up at 221 N Wall Street, across from the Wheatland Bank ATM.
    • There will be no rides on Friday June 28, the weekend of Hoopfest.

    Please remember the horses require breaks and plenty of water, and that they may be more numerous during hot weather. This will impact wait times for the carriage rides.

    FAQs

    • The carriage travels through downtown along Main Ave and Spokane Falls Blvd
    • Each ride lasts approximately 15 minutes
    • The carriage can comfortably hold up to 8 adults
    • Please wait until the carriage is stopped and secured before boarding or exiting
    • Please ask the driver before petting the horses and do not stand directly in front of the horses
    • Animals are not allowed on the carriage
    • The horses will take a 60 minute break during each shift
    • Carriage rides are subject to cancellation due to weather, road conditions, and mechanical factors.
    • Tips for the driver are appreciated

    Thank you to our sponsor

     

    With special thanks to

    The Spokane Arena | Peters and Son's Flowers

  • Monday, Jul 8 / 7:00pm

    Summer Workout Series

    Get fit with four nights a week of activity at the TGP in July and August, starting July 8.

    Mondays: Barre with Pure Barre Spokane
    Tuesdays: Zumba and Cardio with Ragamuffin Fitness
    Wednesdays: Yoga with The Union
    Thursdays: Yoga with Abide Yoga

    All activities kick-off at 7:15pm on the TGP, located next to City Hall at 315 N Post, and last between 45 and 60 minutes. Mats will be available to borrow on Yoga and Barre nights, but supplies are limited. Participants should come prepared with appropriate shoes, a mat, a towel and water bottle. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions, follow @downtownspokane on Facebook and Twitter for announcements.

    The Summer Series is a program of the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District with support from the City of Spokane and Riverfront Park. Activities are brought to the community free of charge thanks to Numerica.

  • Sunday, Jul 28 / 12:00pm

    SUNDAY ART MART

    Spend your Sunday in downtown Spokane.

    Sunday Art Mart (SAM) is an opportunity for local, emerging artists and crafters to exhibit and sell work in a casual and friendly environment in the heart of downtown. SAM occurs on Wall Street between Spokane Falls Blvd and Main Ave, adjacent to Riverfront Park and River Park Square Mall on Sundays through August during the hours of Noon to 4:00pm.

    Artist Application

  • Friday, Aug 23 / 11:00am

    WheelShare Day

    Wrap up your week with WheelShare Day on Wall Street, Friday August 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. between Main and Riverside. City staff will be installing the first “Parking Zone” on Wall Street and providing visitors with safety flyers. Lime will host a Scooter Demo from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.