WEST YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A Central Pennsylvania community just launched a brand new program to clean up the area and help people feel more invested in it.
West York Mayor Shawn Mauck and residents kicked off the initiative Saturday. They shoveled, pulled weeds, painted, and made sure West York looks more attractive for the entire community.
“With the program that the mayor started, it’ll help get other people proactive maybe starting programs like this in different surrounding communities,” West York resident Michael Steiding said as he carefully weeded.
Slagle Park got cleaned up thanks to the mayor’s Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Park program. People, businesses, and community groups can sign up to clean up a specific area. The borough will give you some of the supplies, such as trash bags, gloves, and safety vests. Mauck modeled this program after a similar one in Steelton.
“It would be a great thing to try. It definitely makes you feel better,” Steiding said as he looked at the clean memorial gardens.
The mayor thinks it’s a great way for people to get to know each other and feel more connected to the community.
“We all have the power within ourselves to do unique things in our community, and we can all offer up some way to volunteer and make it a better place to live,” Mauck said.
You don’t have to live in West York to adopt a block or park. The person or group who adopts an area must clean it up at least four times a year. Those who need to do community service can also be involved in the program.
“Then we can have a broader conversation as to how they feel things are going, and we learn from them what they would like for us to do too,” Mauck said. “We get kind of a synergy going on where we start building the community together.”
You can sign up to adopt a block by calling the West York Borough at (717) 846-8889, as well as contacting Mayor Shawn Mauck at email@example.com or on his Facebook page.
Those who adopt a park or block will be recognized at a December West York Borough Council meeting once a year. They’ll also have a sign with their names or group on a sign on the street or area they adopt.