PRESS RELEASE – July 19, 2021
We Heart Seattle, a volunteer grassroots organization dedicated to making Seattle beautiful and safe for all, was back in action this weekend. Starting at the historic MacLean Park trailhead, some 30 volunteers fanned out down the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail all the way to Aurora Ave N. This latest effort comes after numerous clean-ups in recent weeks, bringing the total debris removed from this site to almost 30,000 pounds, a fraction of which you can see piled here for pick-up.
Local business owners and residents have long pressed the City to take action against the illegal dumping, open drug use, and unsafe conditions in this area. While coordinated action by City stakeholders to restore this once-green oasis would be welcome, We Heart Seattle is galvanized by the civic engagement their clean-up events are encouraging. We Heart Seattle founder and Executive Director Andrea Suarez commented “This is a tricky site because of the steep terrain and sheer volume of debris but we are truly reclaiming the green space and working to provide safe trails for our community.”
Through their tireless boots on the ground presence in this area, We Heart Seattle also established relationships with the only two individuals living full time in the Greenbelt – both of whom were connected with low-income housing last week.
We Heart Seattle welcomes collaboration with anyone and everyone in their effort to make Seattle beautiful and safe for all. To date, the group has organized more than 80 clean-up events across the city and is adding more to their calendar weekly.
Andrea Suarez, Executive Director, We Heart Seattle
WHS Events: www.facebook.com/groups/weheartseattle/events