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20,000 Volunteers join Keep Vancouver Spectacular for its 20th Anniversary Year

June 26 2015

Group photo on Vancouver Art Gallery steps for Keep Vancouver Spectacular 2015 event

This year marks the 20th anniversary of our Keep Vancouver Spectacular (KVS) program. In recognition of this milestone, a special emphasis was placed on the thousands of volunteers who have taken to the streets to keep the city beautiful for those who live here and visit.

Over 20,000 people participated in cleanups

In recognition of the 20th anniversary, we set a goal to encourage 20,000 people to volunteer in KVS neighbourhood clean ups. To our delight – and to the credit of dedicated volunteers – that goal has been surpassed. To date nearly 20,100 people participated in the 400 cleanups, collecting more than 5,600 bags of litter.

Thank you to all who participated

Thank you to the dedicated individuals, businesses, and neighbourhood groups who participated in the neighbourhood clean ups. Volunteer support and participation in the KVS program help spark a stronger sense of community throughout Vancouver.

On April 25, more than 200 volunteers attended the KVS kick-off event held in partnership with the West End and Downtown business improvement associations as well as Tourism Vancouver, at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza.

How to get involved in keeping our city spectacular

You can play a role in your neighbourhood by participating in KVS. Some ways you can get involved:

About Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Keep Vancouver Spectacular was established in 1996 by the City and Tourism Vancouver as a way to empower residents to help keep the city beautiful. Since then, volunteers from school groups to sports teams, from business improvement associations to community policing centres and neighbourhood associations have taken to Vancouver streets throughout the year with a special focus in May.

Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Play a role in your neighbourhood by taking part in KVS, a series of programs that help reduce litter and keep our streets clean.