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Keeping Vancouver Spectacular for 20 years

April 23 2015

"The remarkable participation in this program over the last 20 years shows that people really care about Vancouver, and that our neighbourhoods are taking an active role by keeping litter off our streets." – Mayor Gregor Robertson

Tens of thousands of Keep Vancouver Spectacular volunteers have kept Vancouver neighbourhoods and streets clean since 1995

Our Keep Vancouver Spectacular (KVS) litter clean-up program is celebrating its 20th year.

This year, a special emphasis is on thanking the thousands of volunteers who have taken to the streets to keep our city beautiful for those who live here and visit.

"Our clean streets are a leading reason that Vancouver is considered one of the most livable cities in the world, and the tens of thousands of volunteers who participate in Keep Vancouver Spectacular events are continuing to make our city an even more beautiful place in which to live, work, and visit," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "The remarkable participation in this program over the last 20 years shows that people really care about Vancouver, and that our neighbourhoods are taking an active role by keeping litter off our streets."

 

Join us at a kick-off celebration on Saturday

Come out to a kick-off celebration to celebrate the pride that Vancouver residents show in their city by participating in neighbourhood cleanups:

  • Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
  • When: Saturday, April 25, from 12noon to 2:00pm

 The celebration, which is open to everyone, will feature:

  • Live music
  • Puppetry
  • Gardening 101
  • A FIFA Women's soccer kick station

Sign-up to join or lead a cleanup

Keep Vancouver Spectacular has grown from 1,500 to 18,500 volunteers

Established in 1996 by the City and Tourism Vancouver, KVS grew from a modest 1,500 volunteers to as many as 18,500.

Last year, approximately 8,000 bags of litter were collected. Participants include people from:

  • Sports teams
  • Neighbourhood associations
  • Youth clubs
  • Business improvement groups
  • Community policing centres
  • Schools

This year, we aim to reach 20,000 volunteers leading or joining in litter cleanups or graffiti paint-outs in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver.

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.