FAIRFIELD — The first ever Quality of Life Community Cleanup successfully helped beautify several streets in Fairfield on Saturday.
According to a press release from the Quality of Life Task Force, this is one of their first volunteer-driven events to help keep the community clean and inviting for residents, visitors and businesses.
This idea for a town cleanup was the brainchild of Sean Quinn, interim city manager of Fairfield. He wanted to see the cleanup as being one of the key components to this Quality of Life Task Force when it was formed last year.
“It is important to get people involved with their community, and doing this cleanup is one way of doing that,” he said.
The Quality of Life Task Force formed to address issues that affect the aesthetics of the city and the quality of life for the residents. This group convenes volunteers to assist with graffiti removal and cleanup activities, and addresses issues such as abandoned shopping carts, illegal dumping and blighted properties.
The project brought together a variety of volunteers from the community, including the City of Fairfield, Parkway Community Church, Matt Garcia Foundation and Fairfield Professional Firefighters Association.
“We are so pleased, we had over a 100 volunteers show up this morning,” said Dawn LaBar, a legislative analyst and special projects manager for the city of Fairfield.
The targeted areas for cleanup were Grande Circle, Heath Drive, Phoenix Drive, Alaska Avenue Curve and the Linear Park Trail off Oliver Road. Graffiti was cleaned up around Air Base Parkway and Walters Road and Sunset Avenue.
The supplies for the cleanup were donated by Solano Garbage, who donated garbage bags, gloves and other supplies. They also took away five Dumpsters of trash.
“This is to help restore hope to the city. It’s important for the Parkway Community Church to be involved with this project. It will bring young people and older people together to take care of this city,” said Justin Nunez, youth director for Parkway Community Church.
Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro came out and helped clean up around Phoenix Drive.
“It was so inspiring today, we had people coming up to us and thanking us. Then a couple of people just came out of their house and joined us with the cleanup,” Vaccaro said.
Some of the strangest trash they found was a bucket of used needles, and razor blades.
“I told the younger kids to come get me if they find things like that and they did,” said Councilwoman Catherine Moy.
Volunteer Ben Afisivalu of the Health and Human Services department came out to support his community.
“We need to sound the alarm that the community working together can change our city for the better,” he said.
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