Volunteers needed for Yukon Main Street beautification

Organizers hope to spruce up larger area during May 14th event

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Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis (right) joins a team of dedicated volunteers to “spruce up” Yukon’s historic business district during the June 2021 “Great American Clean-up”. Organizers seek more volunteers to cover a larger area for the 2022 event set Saturday, May 14 in downtown Yukon. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

More volunteers will allow Main Street proponents to spruce up more of downtown Yukon during the “Great American Clean-up.”

Yukon’s annual spring clean-up and planting day will be staged Saturday, May 14 along Main Street.

Volunteers will sweep sidewalks, pull weeds from sidewalk cracks, pick up debris, wash storefront windows, perform general cleaning, and other tasks.

“We had about 40 volunteers for the event last year when we covered the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street, including the alleys,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said.

“We want to at least double our volunteers this year so we potentially could double the area we cover.”

Individuals, families, civic groups, and other organizations will be able to register through a volunteer link at www.yukon66mainstreet.com or the Yukon Main Street Facebook page.

“That will be live on or before April 1, so we’ll have six weeks to sign people up,” Davis said. “We’re also encouraging our Main Street business and property owners to clean up the areas in front of their stores for this event.”

Grants awarded by two Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) partners will help fund some equipment and materials for the May 14th Great American Clean-up in Yukon.

A Lowe’s equipment grant will provide a leaf blower for clean-up efforts; the OG&E grant will pay for planting materials in brick planters along the route.

These are the latest grants received to help revitalize Yukon’s historic Main Street corridor.

KOB also will provide supplies, including vests, trash bags and gloves.

The May 14th Great American Cleanup event in Yukon will be eligible for KOB’s 2022 Environmental Excellence Celebration awards.

Coordinator of the spring clean-up and planting day is Shelli Selby, a Yukon Main Street board member and Yukon’s mayor.

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MURAL, CROSSWALK

Members of the Yukon 66 Main Street board also are rejuvenating downtown Yukon through public art and cultural projects that promote the connectivity and walkability of the Route 66 business district.

Among highlights will be a large mural that will be painted on the east side of a City of Yukon building that houses the Yukon Main Street office, 528 W Main.

Meanwhile, a creative crosswalk was installed last year on Fifth Street just south of Main Street.

Previous KOB grants have provided paint, supplies and materials for Main Street property improvements.

Other funding sources include an “adopt-a-bench” program, special events, fundraisers, and public donations.

The Yukon 66 Main Street Association’s mission is to preserve and enhance Yukon’s rich-cultural heritage, provide an entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and position the Main Street district as a destination.

For more information about the May 14th clean-up and planting day, call (405) 350-5999 or visit www.yukon66mainstreet.com

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