Century St Clean Up Party!

Century St Cleanup
March 23rd, 2018

Kona isn’t in the best of neighborhoods.  Been that way since day one.  In fact, the nickname given to this area is “Sin City”.  Needless to say, the kids in this neighborhood have a rough go of it.  So, when the Boys and Girls Club located in the heart of Woodland Acres (the actual name of the neighborhood) reached out to see if Kona could plan an event for their kids, we saw it as an opportunity to work with the community, clean up our area, and create some good will.  The plan was to spend the morning picking up the trash and debris on Century St., and then have a cookout, get some skate lessons and just have a general good time with the kids.  What ended up happening went way beyond that vision.

Thanks to the hard work of Sharon London at the Boys and Girls Club of Woodland Acres, who had a whole host of city agencies, and our own city council district representative, Joyce Morgan/Danford, attend.  Police officers came out and kept the streets safe while kids cleaned. Jax Fire and Rescue Department sent Engine #19 with three firemen that helped pick up trash, and everything else (they truly jumped in and got their hands dirty). Dan Drubec from Clean It up, Green It Up provided all the supplies.  Local businesses and business leaders also pitched in.  Gus Gustafson from Space Walk of Jacksonville provided a bounce house for the kids, Carey Bean of Kona Ice (not related to Kona Skate Park) provided FREE snowy ice treats, and John Phillips from the Law Offices of John Phillips was here to present twenty lucky participants with FREE, brand-new skateboards.  So after cleaning up Century St, eating some burgers, playing in the bounce house, getting skate lessons (thank you Boards For Bro’s, Allie and Billy), winning complete skateboards and then hanging out with City Council representatives, local service members of Police and Fire Departments, community leaders and some of the coolest kids I have ever met . . . I was truly overwhelmed and super stoked!

A HUGE thanks to my family, Laurie, Cassidy, Roxanne and Scarlet for helping set everything up, cooking the food and getting their hands dirty on Century St.  Board’s for Bro’s providing the equipment for the lessons, to Billy and Allie our instructors, Gus for the Bounce House, Carey Bean for the frozen treats, John Phillips for the free skateboards, Joyce Morgan/Danford for getting the city services involved and Sharon London for bringing three chapters of the Boys and Girls Club.  According to Dan from “Clean It Up, Green It Up” it was “one of the best, if not THE best”, clean-up he has been involved with.  We couldn’t have done it without all the community support and looking forward to doing it again.  –  Martin Ramos, Kona Skate Park.

Attendance Summary

Boys and Girls Club
42 children plus 12 from Kona for a total of 54 kids
3 directors – (Sharon London – Unit Director, organizer)

Officer Sean Lindsey
Officer Karen Dukes
Sergeant David Ferricane

3 Firemen . . . forgot to write their names down 🙁

Roy Green
Set up tent/info booth in parking lot

Neighborhoods Department
Rosemary Wesolowski – Neighborhood Coordinator

Clean It Up, Green It Up
Neighborhood Services Office
Dan Durbec

City Council Offices
Joyce Morgan (District 1 Representative)
Katrin MacDonald (Executive Council Assistant)

Law Offices of John Phillips
John Phillips

Space Walk Of Jacksonville
Gus Gustafson

Kona Ice
Carey Bean

Organizations Involved:
Boys & Girls Clubs of North FL
Kids Hope Alliance
City Of Jacksonville
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
Jacksonville Fire & Rescue
Space Walk Of Jacksonville
Kona Ice
Law Offices of John Phillips
Kona Skate Park



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