300+ Volunteers Coming to City’s Elmwood Park Neighborhood for Block Blitz

Syracuse, NY – More than 300 students, corporate team members, contractors, neighborhood residents, city workers and other community stakeholders are scheduled to improve more than 40 city properties and a historic city park all in one day, rain or shine, as part of Home HeadQuarters’ 12th annual Block Blitz event on Friday, September 14. The event, which has volunteers planting, painting, cleaning up and more, kicks off at 9am at the Glenwood Avenue entrance of Elmwood Park with an appearance and comments by Mayor Ben Walsh, Onondaga County Legislative Chair Ryan McMahon and neighborhood resident and Syracuse Common Councilor at Large, Tim Rudd.

Neighbors cleaning up blocks of Syracuse

Neighborhood Projects and Volunteer Teams for the day include:

  • Elmwood Park Mural – Back of 2000 South Avenue. Design donated by Environmental Design & Research in Syracuse. Volunteer team from Mower drawing the template and painting.
  • 106 Elmwood – Greater Syracuse Land Bank property. Syracuse University students to paint boards for windows.
  • Elmwood Park – Almost 80 kids from CNS and ESM High Schools, led by CORE Federal Credit Union, will spread millings provided by Syracuse DPW to improve a public parking area, remove overgrowth at a baseball field and sand and paint guardrails throughout the park.
  • 131 Glenwood Avenue – Volunteers from M&T Bank will replace and paint more than 100’ of fencing installed by ACE Fence at the entrance to Elmwood Park.
  • Driveway Sealing & Replacement – 20 driveways on Hillview, Glenwood And Elmwood Avenues will be sealed by teams of students and CenterState CEO staff and a handful repaired and replaced by Lostumbo Paving.
  • Local MWBE Contractors are replacing and repairing porches, taking down dead and diseased trees, establishing boundaries on vacant properties, and more.
  • A new Elmwood Park sign highlighting the park’s history will be installed and unveiled during the event.

As part of the 12 years of Block Blitz events, Home HeadQuarters has helped direct resources and attention to almost 500 properties in the city’s Near Westside, Southside and Northside neighborhoods.