Dimond Shine 2024 – Look what we did, together!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined in DIA’s third annual Dimond Shine Day on April 6th. This was the first year we had to reschedule the event because of rain – but the sunny day was worth it! We appreciate all of you who could make the rescheduled date. Judging from the number of volunteers, the accomplishments, and the smiling (if tired) faces, it was a great success for the community.

The preliminary numbers are in! The day’s participants totaled 135, including many families and youngsters. Together this is what we did:

  • Collected 38 bags of litter 
  • Collected 64 bags of green waste
  • Removed graffiti, tags, and stickers in more than 40 locations
  • Weeded and mulched 51 tree wells
  • Cleaned 18 mosaics 
  • Weeded and mulched the Gateway Garden, Champion Transit Plaza, and the Bienati Parking Lot
  • Weeded and removed leaves around the Giant Burgers and the Lot at the corner of Dimond Ave and Mac Blvd (old Blockbuster site)

And, the week before the event, a paid crew power-washed the sidewalks in the core commercial district!

Big thank-yous go to Giant Burgers, which hosted the kick-off gathering and operational center of the event, and to La Farine, Grand Lake Kitchen, and Dimond Slice for providing the morning and afternoon refreshments.

Check out photos from the day (we will be adding more as we get them)!

Even if you missed the big event, you don’t need to miss out on the satisfaction and community camaraderie of hands-on work for the Dimond. Occasional and regular opportunities abound: Litter walks every Wednesday and Saturday, graffiti removal most Saturdays, tree or planter “adoption” for watering, and lots of other one-off or ongoing “greening” activities. Email dia@dimondnews.org and tell us your interest–we’ll find a perfect fit!