BEAUTIFICATION & PRIDE
We live in an extraordinarily beautiful town situated on the water. Walking on our trails and shores can feel vacation-like. Our goal is to keep boosting the beauty and vibrancy of our town by continually improving our public spaces, making them more visually attractive, cleaner, and more usable.
We do this via a series of programs, including:
- Give a Litter Bit/Clean Green Main Street
- Port Washington Mural Project
- Port Washington Blooms
Give a Litter Bit/Clean Green Main Street
Both our Give a Litter Bit and our Clean Green Main Street programs aim to reduce a problem that affects us all – litter. Unfortunately, litter can do more than just make a town unattractive. As a waterfront community, we must be aware that debris dropped on our streets can run off into the Bay, tainting our water and harming our marine life. Litter can lead to long-term consequences for our community and our environment.
To combat this constant problem, we conduct clean ups, introduced a cigarette butt recycling program, advocated for enhanced street sweeping and have asked the community, including all who live, work, or visit Port Washington, to commit to helping fighting litter. Our Give a Litter Bit campaign asks community members and groups to commit to taking steps to reduce litter, including:
- Using reusable bags and bottles rather than disposable ones
- Tying garbage tight so it doesn’t blow around our streets
- Picking up litter
- Joining volunteer efforts to keep Main Street and other areas clean
- Spreading the word on social media to encourage others
Looking for community service? This is your opportunity — All hands on deck! Our Clean Green Main Street events gather community volunteers of all ages for periodic clean-ups of our beautiful Main Street. Cleanups include sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, planting flowers and preparing tree beds. Click here for our calendar to find out when we are having our next Clean Green Main Street event.
Port Washington Mural Project
The PW Mural project promotes pride in Port Washington on the walls of Main Street. By spotlighting the uniqueness of Port Washington – its history, citizenry, natural beauty, culture and diversity, this project aims to tell the story behind our incredible community. Created by Port Washington artists for Port Washington residents, the Mural Project is an ongoing way to take unused wall space and turn it into art.
We will periodically reach out to the community seeking concepts for the artwork and calling for local artists to submit designs.
Our murals currently include the following:
Port Washington Blooms
We live in a colorful town on many levels, and at least some of that color is provided by the hundreds of bulbs and plants that are planted by Residents’ volunteers each year as part of our PW Blooms program. When Residents was formed in the late 1960’s as Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, our original mission was to beautify the town with plantings. This part of our mission lives on in much of what we do, but especially in the PW Blooms programs, which provide for planting hundreds of bulbs and plants each year in various parts of Port Washington.
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Residents help Port Washington bloom in three main areas:
- Community Gardens: Located at the Post Office, the Train Station, Blumenfeld Park, and the Town Dock, our gardens are as diverse as our town. The Train Station Garden is the length of a football field. The Post Office Garden, with its nautical theme, anchors our town.
- Yearly planting of blubs (in the Fall) and flowers (in the Spring)
- Planters: Located up and down Main Street
We thank our Beautification & Pride sponsors whose support makes our programs possible:
The Peter and Jeri DeJana Family Foundation
Precision Work Inc.
Flora and Adam Hanft
Sanford and Carol Krieger
Laffey Real Estate
The Ehrlich Family Foundation
Cliff and Phyllis Manko
The Drukier-Birnbaum Family
The Feingold Family
Beth and David Horn
Carrie and Dave Kerpen
Honorable Fed Pollack
The Stehl Family