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Volunteers Needed to Put “Extra Shine” on Downtown

With as many as 30,000 visitors and runners making their way to downtown Pittsburgh Sunday for the marathon, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is hoping to put an “extra shine” on the Golden Triangle.

“This is something we do every Saturday but it is an extra special weekend,” said Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) CEO Jeremy Waldrup who is hoping to see about 50 volunteers show up at the group’s Liberty Avenue office Saturday at 10:00a.m.

The volunteers will be out spiffing up the streets and green spaces for about four hours according to Waldrup.

“They get a little orientation, we give them brooms, paint, rakes, any tools they need to get the job done,” said Waldrup.  “We send them out in groups and it is a great opportunity for folks to give back to the city.” 

After the race, the PDP will be back out with more volunteers to help get downtown ready for Monday morning.  Volunteers are being asked to gather at the same office at noon Sunday for another 4-hour session.

“Pittsburgh Marathon does a great job of cleaning up the general mess that is made by the runners.  This is just us supplementing their services, this is about teamwork,” said Waldrup.

Traffic restrictions will just be starting to lift at noon Sunday so Waldrup suggests volunteers take mass transit into downtown.

The PDP sees about 20-30 volunteers on its front stoop on an average weekend.