In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works June 2017 - Page 11

Their mission: Pick up the tons of debris left behind by the celebrants. More than four dozen street cleaners worked the operation. They used blowers, rakes, brooms, shovels and flusher and mechanical sweeper trucks to work as quickly as possible to get the roads back open to vehicles and bikes and the sidewalks clean for pedestrians. This year, about 250 contingents participated in the 47th-annual Pride Parade on June 25; an estimated 1 million others lined the route – along Market Street from Beale to Eighth streets – to watch the moving celebration. The windy weather didn’t make the job easy for our crews, with trash and confetti blown in all directions. Still, we got the job done by 7:45 p.m., only a couple of hours after the parade passed by. Public Works crews also worked overnight to scour Civic Center Plaza and nearby streets after the two-day Pride weekend festival shut down. By 5:30 a.m. Monday the neighborhood sparkled. In all, working block by block, we cleaned up more than 30 tons of trash along the parade route and around the festival area. Other Pride festivities kept us busy – the Trans March from Mission Dolores to the Tenderloin on June 23 and the Dyke March from Dolores Park to the Castro the next day. We also hired a herd of goats to prepare the Twin Peaks hillside for the annual Pink Triangle commemorative ceremony, which was held on June 24. We also want to give a big shout-out to Recology, the refuse hauler, for being a great partner in working with us to put the City back in shape after the busy Pride festivities. We’ll be back next year ready to do it all over again. With pride! June 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsletter