Community pride is not just the prime moving force behind the Main Street redevelopment project; it's also what energizes the Payson Main Street Program's annual Payson Clean Up, which this year will take place Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.
This year's trash-collecting drive is dedicated to Elizabeth Boyd, an 8-year-old Valley girl who was murdered two weeks ago in what has been described as a blighted, "throw-away" neighborhood.
"In an effort to honor Elizabeth's memory, and to make sure that Payson never finds itself with any 'throw-away' neighborhoods, the Town of Payson and Payson Main Street are combining forces with local residents to make an impact," said Karen Greenspoon, coordinator of the Payson main Street program.
This year's target areas include East Juniper Street, East Wade Lane and East McKamey Street from Manzanita Drive to St. Phillips Street, as well as portions of West Frontier Street. The Main Street cleanup will be handled by Payson Main Street Program board members, town employees and area merchants. The cleanup will end at noon with a barbeque in Green Valley Park that includes drawings for prizes donated by local merchants.
"This is a chance for all residents to participate and to show their community pride," Greenspoon said. "We are hoping for a record turnout this year to make an especially high impact on these areas.
"I encourage everyone to bring their rakes, gloves, weed-eaters and community spirit to this event," Greenspoon said. "It would be great to see local businesses challenging each other to get their employees out and involved in cleaning up the town."
To participate, call Greenspoon at 468-6074, or Marcy Rogers at 474-5242, extension 269.