Volunteers Help Beautify Yelm During ‘Pretty City Day’ Clean Up Event

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/24/22

Local businesses and residents came together on Saturday, May 21, in an effort to beautify the area by cleaning up trash as the city hosted its first “Pretty City Day.”

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Volunteers Help Beautify Yelm During ‘Pretty City Day’ Clean Up Event

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Local businesses and residents came together on Saturday, May 21, in an effort to beautify the area by cleaning up trash as the city hosted its first “Pretty City Day.”

The initiative was brought forth by the Yelm City Council.

Councilmembers Joshua Crossman and Line Roy helped bring the event to fruition. The city council was able to gather commitments from people who wanted to do their part as they helped pick up garbage. Get Fit Yelm was one of the businesses that pledged their time to clean-up trash on Tahoma Boulevard.

Management at Yelm’s Prairie Park and several businesses also pledged to clean up areas around the Prairie Park area. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Habitat for Humanity, and Ferguson Insurance Services also volunteered their time.

The effort spread beyond Yelm’s city limits as Bliss Experience, an Aveda salon located in McKenna, pledged their time to clean up the greater McKenna area.

“We’re just encouraging people to form teams to select a piece of Yelm to go in and clean up,” Roy, who is also the executive director of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, said.



Roy and the city asked residents of Yelm to participate in the event and to promote their photos on social media platforms with the tagline #YelmisaPrettyCity.

Those who took part were able to dispose of garbage or items they collected in dumpsters at Yelm Public Works.

“Pretty City Day was just kind of a way for us to encourage people to get out and take care of their city,” Roy said. “It’s so important to keep your community clean as a way to welcome visitors and show pride in your community, and what we as a community have to offer as a whole.”

Roy said the city council aims to make the clean up day an annual event.

Pretty City Day was held in conjunction with the city’s spring clean up, which allows residents to dispose of larger items.

After the clean up event, participants were invited to come together at Yelm City Park to enjoy music and food vendors to celebrate their effort.

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