Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Cleaning Up the Fourth of July Parade Route

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Today, eight Oak Creek High School students joined me and three Army recruiters to spruce up the area around the high school, in advance of the Fourth of July parade. The kids were great to work with, and together we collected a dozen bags of trash.  The students will also be helping me on Thursday, July 7, with a cleanup effort around the new Civic Center and Emerald Preserve park.

This year’s parade route has changed due to the construction of the new high school freshman campus on the corner of Puetz and Howell.  The parade now assembles on Groveland Drive between Burrell Street and Verdev Drive, traveling east toward Edgewood School, south on Shepard Avenue, and west on Puetz Road before returning to the original route on Mayhew Drive.

If you have an organization or group that would like to assist in a cleanup effort at a specific location around the city, please contact me at or (414) 766-7000.

We’ve stepped up our efforts to beautify the city through our cleanup efforts and our Landscape and Beautification Committee. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s landscaping awards.  We are looking for homes and places of business that improve the look of our city through plantings and unique landscaping.  Nominations may be submitted online or with a paper form, available at the Civic Center or on the city’s website for downloading.

We have also expanded our median planting beds across the city, with additional plans for a dozen more beds in the coming year.  Last year we planted ten new beds on Drexel Avenue between 13th and Howell, marking the entryway to our new downtown at Drexel Town Square.

Hope you have a great summer.  See you on the 4th!

Mayor Steve