The Topeka Team Up to Clean Up initiative is an effort developed in May of 2018 by city staff, which uses specific guidelines in working with area neighborhoods. Selecting neighborhoods for this initiative is based on the city’s 2017 Neighborhood Health Map findings and concentrates on neighborhood areas considered to be Intensive Care. The second necessity in selecting a neighborhood for the initiative is the active participation from the neighborhood’s Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA). The activities that occur in the neighborhoods undergoing this work requires a massive team effort, including the collaborative participation from NIA’s, residents, volunteers from partnering agencies, and city departments. Donated services, tools and resources also come from a variety of other area organizations.
In May 2018, the Team Up to Clean Up initiative started in the Historic Old Town Neighborhood, followed by the Central Park Neighborhood Team Up to Clean Up initiative in July and August 2018. To view each of the interactive neighborhood impact reports click on the following, Historic Old Town Neighborhood Team Up to Clean Up and Central Park Neighborhood Team Up to Clean Up.
More of the Team Up to Clean Up initiative will come in the warm months of 2019 to assist and impact more Topeka neighborhoods.