To ensure a safe Halloween event for children this coming Monday, organizers and a handful of volunteers slipped on gloves last Sunday and picked up trash and green waste along eight blocks of 23rd Street in Richmond.
The effort was aimed at preparing for the inaugural Trick or Treat on 23rd Street event, which runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. between Barrett and McBryde avenues on Monday, Oct. 31, according to an email newsletter released Wednesday by the city of Richmond’s Love Your Block team. The free Halloween event, organized by Urban Transformation, includes a costume contest at NIAD Art Center, arts and crafts, and a community altar dedicated to the families of victims of gun violence, the Love Your Block newsletter said.
Saturday’s cleanup along 23rd filled 15 bags of trash and green waste in just an hour, the newsletter added.
Later in the afternoon, the Love Your Block team joined Learning Out Loud Educational Community and the Richmond Museum of History in a clean up effort at Nevin Park in Richmond, the site of a new Little Free Library. Books were handed out, weeds were removed and four new kinds of native vegetation were planted. Six bags of trash and six more of plant debris were collected.