An Open Letter of Our Sincerest Gratitude: Dear Community Leaders...

We asked for your help last week with our plans to paint two murals in our neighborhood and conduct a mini sweep - the Washington Square Park Neighborhood to be exact. You all came through in a BIG way!  The above preliminary renderings are for your reference to judge how well the project ended.

Shawn, Mike, Beth, Danielle, Cade, Brian, Salena, Ephraim, Brandon, Will, Michael, Aviella, Noah, Jacob, Fynn, Emily, Jason, Ben, Patrick, Celia, Flo, David, John, Karen, the Clean Sweep Team, the City of Rochester, Saul and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, ALL the Capron Street homeowners, and anyone else that we missed - thank YOU for being THOSE types of residents, business owners, urbanites, family and community leaders that would give up your time and efforts on a 90+ degree Saturday when you could've been doing something - anything else - with your time.

For the work that happens behind-the-scenes - we know that the tools didn't just walk themselves over and the prepping of areas didn't just magically appear - not like the tooth fairy at least. 

And, of course, a special SHOUT OUT to Saul Maneiro and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, who we have now received our 3rd NeighborGood Grant from for work on the WSPNA, this most certainly would not be possible without the funding and for your belief in us a neighborhood association, as well as your belief in our city. 

Thank you ALL. 

It's the small things like this that we do together - as a community - that will make this city a much better place to live in. It's picking up trash in our own neighborhoods, it's making the flower beds look a little better, it's putting a little color on a wall where there was no life - those things, where we don't wait for others to do it, but we just jump right in and do it ourselves. Thank you for being THOSE people. Our city is filled with passionate and talented souls, and you are all the Cream of the Crop. YOU are the reason why Rochester is on the map again. 

Take a look at what we accomplished this past Saturday in a matter of hours. For this, for your hard work, sweat, and sunburnt-right-foots, for taking the time to love our city, we sincerely THANK YOU. 

With Love, 
the Rochesteriat, on behalf of the residents in the neighborhood and the WSPNA 

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For more information on how to conduct your own mini sweep in your neighborhood, click here. Want to start your own neighborhood association, block club, or get involved with ours, contact me at washingtonsquareneighborhood@gmail.com


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Jason is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and heads up the Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association. Most people don't even know that the WSP is Rochester's very first small park and it was designed in part by The Olmsted Firm. Join the conversation on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.