City of Topeka Announces Celebration Honoring Efforts to Beautify Community Neighborhoods; Schendel Lawn & Landscape to Sponsor

The City of Topeka, alongside the Greater Topeka Partnership, announced today that Schendel Lawn & Landscape signed on to serve as the presenting sponsor for a celebration honoring community efforts to beautify Topeka’s neighborhoods. The event will be held at downtown Topeka’s Evergy Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 12-2 p.m., featuring a food truck, music by DJ 151 Entertainment, and multiple family-friendly activities. The entire Topeka community is welcome to attend this event to help celebrate and recognize those who’ve contributed to the success and mission of the program.

Schendel Lawn & Landscape will host a raffle for attendees, with giveaway items expected to include two new lawn mowers, and a new string trimmer. The giveaway items were donated by Schendel Lawn & Landscape, Smitty’s Lawn & Garden, and DH Lawn & Garden Equipment. Additional giveaway items will be raffled off for adults and children.

“Schendel Lawn & Landscape is proud to sponsor this year’s inaugural ‘Changing Our Culture of Property Maintenance’ celebration,” said Cassidy Roberson, Schendel’s director of customer experience. “We believe that a beautiful city begins with beautiful lawns. We are excited to partner with the City of Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership to empower more families across Topeka, by giving them the tools they need to elevate their residential lawns and landscapes.”

“We are so proud of the response to this program from our community,” said Karen Hiller, Topeka city council member representing District 1. “Our goal was to create an atmosphere where residents feel inspired to take responsibility for their properties and work together to address problems. We are thrilled to have Schendel Lawn & Landscape present this year’s end-of-season celebration. They are an incredible local business that makes our downtown landscaping the envy of communities across Kansas. I am so happy they are working with us to inspire the rest of Topeka to care equally for their own lawncare needs.”

“This truly is a game-changing initiative,” said Christina Valdivia-Alcala, city council member for District 2. “Growing up in Topeka, neighbors looked out for each other. When your neighbor struggled to keep up with their needs, they could count on you for help. This program reaches back to that legacy. I am very proud of our local partners, like Omni Circle Group, that have stepped up to offer support to our low- and moderate-income residents. It takes a community working together to truly become beautiful, and Topeka knows how to work together.”

“I applaud councilwomen Hiller and Valdivia-Alcala for driving this program forward,” said Glenda Washington, chief equity and opportunity officer for the Greater Topeka Partnership. “They recognize that addressing blight often starts with a helping hand, not a condemning heart. Everyone wants the opportunity to live better and have pride in their home. Some people, due to age, infirmity, or limited resources, just don’t know where to begin. I am happy to say that journey begins in Topeka with neighbors helping neighbors. I look forward to celebrating those who participated this October at Evergy Plaza!”

About the Changing our Culture of Property Maintenance Initiative:

Councilwomen Hiller and Valdivia-Alcala kicked off the Changing our Culture of Property Maintenance Initiative by hosting a series of public input sessions to hear directly from community members about their visions for local property maintenance. From there, the initiative blossomed into a program that aims to improve property conditions, reduce substandard housing, motivate property owners to care for their properties, and encourage investment in vacant and deteriorated properties. In the initiative’s first year, the City launched a community-led mowing program that operates in Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) areas.

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