Category Archives: Beautification

Great Harrisburg Litter CleanUp 2016: Midtown

We had perfect weather for this event. About 100 volunteers filled a large dumpster with debris removed from the streets of Midtown, plus a bunch of tires and televisions. And this was just part of the City-wide event coordinated with Clean and Green Harrisburg and other organizations. According to C&GH, 347 volunteers removed 22.39 tons of litter and 300 tires from the streets of Harrisburg. Thanks to all who made this happen! Here are the photos we have. If you took any photos, please send them our way. We had news coverage from Fox 43ABC 27, and CBS 21 and some photographs in May’s copy of TheBurg.

1/25: Electronics Recycling Event

Since early 2013, Pennsylvania Law has prohibited disposal of televisions, computers, and other electronic products with regular trash. Because these items will not be collected when placed at the curb with other trash, it encourages scavengers to break them to remove metals from within, potentially leaving a pile of glass and plastic for you to clean up.

The only way to properly dispose of these items is to drop them off for free at the Dauphin County Recycling Center. But the DCRC is not open extensive hours and traveling there can be quite a hassle.

Our Uptown neighbors are making proper disposal a bit more convenient by organizing a one-time Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, January 25. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you may freely and responsibly dispose of any item, broken or working, that has or had a cord or operated on batteries, except for appliances or items containing Freon, in the parking lot of the Camp Curtin YMCA (2135 N. 6th St.). 

If you have questions, contact Ellen Crist, or 717-816-7134.

FOM and GUI Enter Partnership

The first organization to take advantage of FOM’s new business membership options is Green Urban Initiative. GUI manages two community gardens in Midtown, one at 1629 North Third Street and one at 1333 Marion Street. Returning gardeners may begin registering for plots on March 1. Remaining plots are open to new gardeners beginning March 15. 
Plots are $10 per year with a two-plot maximum. However, if you’re a current Friends of Midtown member as of March 1, 2013, a plot is only $9.00. To check if your membership is current, contact the Membership Committee

2/6: Beautification Committee meeting

Volunteers have spent countless hours over the past few years cleaning up Midtown.Friends of Midtown’s Beautification Committee is looking to keep these projects ongoing and are looking for your help to achieve these goals.

We will be discussing scheduling dates for the 2013 committee projects, our partnership with the Green Urban Initiative, and consideration of incorporating TreeVitalize Initiative.

Since TreeVitalize launched in 2004, over 20,000 trees have been planted in urban areas across the state providing additional green space.

If you are interested in learning more about our goals or wish to participate in this year’s projects, the next Beautification Committee meeting in the second floor pews of the Midtown Scholar (1302 N. 3rd St.) at 6:15 p.m.

Contact the Beautification Committee

11/7: Beautification Committee meeting [Update]

The next Beautification Committee meeting is November 7, 6:15 p.m. in the upstairs pews of the Midtown Scholar, 1302 North Third Street. 
Beautification Committee meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6:15 p.m., in the upstairs pews of the Midtown Scholar.
To stay engaged in the Beautification Committee, e-mail
UPDATE: The meeting will be a planning meeting. Please bring your ideas for 2013 and your calendars as we will be looking ahead. Also, please note that this will be the last meeting before 2013. We will not be having a December meeting. 

10/20: Playground Beautification Project

On October 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Friends of Midtown is coordinating a beautification project at the park at Penn and Sayford streets. 

The intended focus is to repaint the playground equipment, repaint games on the asphalt, trim trees, lubricate swings, and lay tanbark under the equipment. However, the scope of the project is limited by materials and labor donated for that day. FOM has plenty of gloves, bags, and water, but we will need the following to achieve our goals: 

Paint Brushes
Tree trimmers
rakes (if tanbark can be obtained)
shovels (if tanbark can be obtained)
If you are able to provide any of these items for the day of the project, able to volunteer, or would like to stay in touch with the Beautification Committee, e-mail



10/3: Beautification Committee meeting

The next Beautification Committee meeting will be different than others.
The goal of this meeting is to check out three parks in Midtown and review the needs for each one, including weeding, painting equipment, and spreading mulch.
To achieve this goal, we will meet at the park at Penn and Sayford streets at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday October 3. We will then walk up Penn Street to Dauphin Street, and then up to Fourth Street.
We will then decide which park will be our focus for the Fall Clean-Up on October 20.
Hope to see you there!
For future reference, other Beautification Committee meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6:15 p.m., in the upstairs pews of the Midtown Scholar.
To stay engaged in the Beautification Committee, e-mail