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Shaping Up the Fifth Alley Clean Up Project Update
Week 3: Volunteers Have Cleaned Nine Blocks of Alley ways
Volunteers trim overgrown vegetation from alley

Alley 21 - BeforeAlley 21-After  

 Before and After photos of alley between Bellflower and Stearnlee off Conant above


In the first three weeks of the Shaping up the Fifth Alley Cleanup, volunteers have tackled nine blocks of alley in four locations in the Fifth District. Volunteers working under the supervision of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske's Office, continue to rake and sweep up dead vegetation, dig out weeds and trim overgrowth, inspect for potholes, graffiti, and report all large dumped items and other hazards they encounter.


The alley clean up project will continue every Wednesday through Friday from 8 am - noon through the summer. The project has been done every two summers as part of the Councilwoman's Shaping Up the Fifth initiative. The process began this year with an inspection and prioritization of need. Volunteers will clean approximately 45 blocks of alley that are in the Fifth District this year.


Alleys cleaned so far: 

  1. Between Palo Verde and Hackett from Keynote north to where it dead-ends south of Saint Maria Goretti School - about two and a half blocks long.
  2. Between Palo Verde and Hackett from Pageantry to where it dead-ends just south of Wardlow
  3. Between Palo Verde and Conquista from Pageantry and Killdee
  4. Between Bellflower and Stearnlee off Conant

My staff and I are working hard to track areas with greatest need for improvements and repair. Our biannual alley cleanups have also helped to keep our alley safe.  


I hope that funding will be made available for full alley repaving. Currently, the City of Long Beach has focused only on streets.  


Help Keep Our Fifth District Alleys Clean and Beautiful


Volunteers and residents are invited to join Councilwoman Schipske in this community event to promote healthier neighborhoods and involve residents in keeping their community beautiful. Volunteers will meet at targeted locations each week to help pull weeds, bag up debris, and make note of issues such as faded signs, graffiti, dumped items, and potholes. Ruth Bach and El Dorado Neighborhood Libraries will also get some help from volunteers later in the summer with some fresh paint, and clean up tasks.


The meeting place for the next alley to be tackled on Wednesday, August 7th is off Conant Street just west of Stearnlee Avenue. Volunteers are asked to meet 8 am. Residents are invited to bring their own tools to supplement the limited number of rakes, shovels, hoes, and gloves that will be available.   



Bi-annual Shaping Up the Fifth 

Alley Clean up Project 



Wednesday through Friday 

8 am - noon

Next Clean Up Session: Wednesday, August 7



meet at the alley 

off Conant just West of Stearnlee Avenue


Help remove weeds and debris, and inspect for potholes and report graffiti


The Councilwoman's ongoing effort to address infrastructure needs in the Fifth Council District, called "Shaping Up the Fifth," focuses on local alleys every two years. Council staff and neighborhood volunteers continuously inspect and inventory the district's streets and sidewalks,.


It's a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference!



To volunteer for the alley clean up project, 

and to confirm daily locations, 


please call the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske 

at 562-570-6932 or email

weekdays between 8 am - 5 pm


A staff member will be able to give you directions to that location. 

Please be sure to include your phone number in your message so you can be contacted directly in the event of rain or unforeseen location changes.