By Mayor Martin J. Walsh
We’re entering into one of the most beautiful times of the year: early summer, where
Boston’s citizens congregate outside to enjoy the warming weather and celebrate
the start of the summer season. That’s why last month Boston’s community came
together to clean the streets of Boston through the City’s Boston Shines
program. I want to thank everyone who joined this effort to beautify North End
and West End streets and get us ready for a safe, fun summer.
Thousands of volunteers — including business, community groups, and residents — took to
their neighborhood streets to lend a hand in Boston Shines. Across the City,
over 4,600 Bostonians helped in the cleanup, in a total of 156 projects over
the span of three weekends. The pride that the people of North End and West End
take in their neighborhood is evident in the amount of work you put into your
neighborhood cleanup. In North End and West End, there were over 140
volunteers, who completed eight projects. The impressive result was more than
cleaner streets. It showed that through civic pride and participation, we can
improve the quality of life for residents throughout Boston.
Thank you to each and every one of you who helped make this project a success. Thank you as
well to the Boston Public Works department, who delivered tools, mulch, and
trash pickup to the locations. The Boston Parks Department also pitched in
throughout the events, as did the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston’s
Environment, Energy and Open Space team. In addition, our business partners
provided great assistance to Boston Shines, showing their commitment to a
beautiful Boston for all. Thank you in particular to the H. Levenbaum Insurance
Agency, the City of Boston Credit Union, New Boston Ventures, The Home Depot
and Delta Dental.
Boston Shines represents the great things that we can accomplish when we work together as a community. I thank all the volunteers again for their help in working to clean our streets — and I enjoyed doing my part to make sure Boston shines.