The City of Oshawa, supported by the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being, is calling on the Oshawa community to help make cleaner neighbourhoods, parks, trails and greenspaces across the city, including in the downtown core.
Community members, local organizations and businesses are encouraged to take part in monthly community clean-up events in downtown Oshawa and to organize neighbourhood or service group clean-ups.
The monthly Community Clean-Ups support the mandate of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being, including the Task Force’s focus on community action for community solutions and its phased approach beginning with the downtown core.
Mark your calendar and register to attend the following downtown Oshawa community clean-up events:
- Saturday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.
- Saturday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m.
- Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Community members participating in the downtown community clean-ups are required to pre-register in advance in keeping with COVID related protocols including capacity limits for outdoor gatherings. To register, email [email protected], call 905-438-3146 or learn more by visiting www.oshawa.ca/community-clean-up.
The monthly downtown clean-ups will begin at 10:00 a.m. Participants will be provided with disposable gloves and garbage bags, and are asked to please meet at the City Hall North Parkette at 10 a.m. Complimentary parking is available in the staff parking lot to the west of City Hall (at King and Queen Streets), as well as complimentary on-street parking is available in the downtown on weekends and on business days after 6:00 p.m.
For groups who would like to organize a cleanup in their own neighbourhood, including parks, green spaces and trails, please pre-register to receive your free garbage bags and gloves (while supplies last). For more information, including the registration form, visit www.oshawa.ca/community-clean-up or call 905-438-3146.
If you see it, report it!
To make cleaner and safer neighbourhoods for all, the City of Oshawa’s collaborative reporting campaign –If you see it, report it! – encourages community members and businesses to report safety concerns, including soliciting, loitering, garbage, graffiti, discarded needles and criminal activity.
Many non-emergency issues such as soliciting, loitering, camping, garbage, graffiti, discarded needles can be reported to Service Oshawa (905-436-3311, www.serviceoshawa.ca). The DRPS has a non-emergency number at 905-579-1520; always call: 9-1-1 for emergencies and serious crimes in progress. Learn more about when and who to contact on the City’s If you see it, report it!webpage.
Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being
Announced in early January, the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being is comprised of representatives from Durham Regional Police Service, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and social service agencies, as well as representation from the local business community, community partners and residents.
With the tagline “Community Action – Community Solutions”, the Task Force’s mandate is to work collaboratively with Oshawa City Council, staff and stakeholders to identify and propose opportunities that aim to address local issues affecting community safety, security and well-being.
For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/CommunitySafety.
“I encourage all community members to join us for one of our organized community clean-up events or to plan one in your own neighbourhood. Let’s work together to keep our downtown and neighbourhoods clean and welcoming for all,” says Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter.
“As Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being, we are calling on volunteers to help keep our downtown, green spaces, parks and trails clean. Every contribution helps to make our city shine even more,” says Regional Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being.