20 Jun

Jessica Triangle Work Party Sunday 6/30/19

Jessica Triangle Work Party 2016

Jessica Triangle Work Party 2016


Join us Sunday, June 30, from 10 am – 12 noon to help pull weeds and beautify our little pocket park.  The extra rain this winter has created a very lush collection of weeds! Bring your favorite tools (gloves, clippers, rakes) – we’ll have trash bags, water and Paula to guide us!

Jessica Triangle is the landmark at the intersection of Jessica Drive and Cleland Avenue. Beginning in the late 90′s, local residents helped transform the triangle from a litter-strewn patch of asphalt to a beautifully landscaped drought-tolerant pocket park. You can read the inspiring story in Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch.

Please consider donating 30 minutes of your time or $10 from your pocket. Walk-by and drive-by cash donations accepted, or online at mtwashingtonjessica.org/donate/.

Also note our other beautification effort, the Oneonta -Olancha Stairs – we are collecting donations to  pay for new murals at the bottom of the stairs. Find out more here and consider a dontation to that project too!

12 Jun

Public Art in Mt.Washington Jessica Neighborhood

Stairs leading down to Oneonta Drive, with mural by Mike Schelly

Stairs leading down to Oneonta Drive, with mural by Mike Schelly

Clean up  has already begun to prepare the stairs for a new mural, to be painted by Mike Schelly, the artist who originally painted the stairs in the early 90’s in a neighborhood effort supported by then Councilmember, Jackie Goldberg.

Oneonta-Olancha Stairs (bottom) 2019

Oneonta-Olancha Stairs (bottom) 2019

The area we want to paint has been a target of taggers over the years, in part due to the drought killing off the original vine that covered the concrete wall near the base.

“The stairs and the triangle are wonderful neighborhood assets. The triangle makes a lovely entrance to our neighborhood. The stairs are a wonderful place to exercise, meet other people, and see the view. The stairs act as a public meeting place in the same way that a square or park does in other cities. Both places also offer an opportunity for neighbors to get involved in a community project that directly affects them, and for which they can see tangible results.”  Al Winn, The Eastsider – 2010

Donations collected at Earthquake Drill

Donations Cheerfully Accepted!

We are seeking city approval to add murals on the side and middle panels. We are requesting donations from the community. A total of $2500 is needed for this project. Donations can be made here.  Please note on the form that you wish your donation to go toward the Stairs Beautification project. MWJN is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Find out more about what our organization does with beautification.

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15 Jun

Oneonta-Olancha Stairs Cleanup – 6/25

Oneonta-Olancha Stairs

The stairs could use a good sweeping!

Join us Sunday, June 25 from 9-11 am and help improve our neighborhood! We’ll be doing some sweeping, clipping, light trash pickup, and bagging of some of the weed debris on the sides of the Stairway.

If we can get 6 people to do 30 minute shifts, we should be able to get this done in two hours or less. If you can’t spare the time, consider a donation to beautification fund.

Hopefully we’ll still have some June Gloom in the morning so it won’t be too hot!

The public stairway is located between 1108 Olancha Dr. and 1109 Oneonta Dr.

Bring: gloves, sunscreen, clippers, brooms and dustpans. We will have water and garbage bags.

RSVP on our Facebook page

Find out more about the MWJN Beautification Committee.