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ASCEND Community Clean Up

Lend a helping hand!

ASCEND is teaming up with South Side Community Council to host another Community Clean Up! We will be focusing on the blocks around ASCEND, more specifically under the train trestles on 21st and 22nd streets. 

Meet up at ASCEND Pittsburgh at 10a on September 12th. (Right after Big Free Yoga!) Gloves and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite gardening gloves and broom! We will be picking up trash, clearing out weeds, sweeping sidewalks, etc. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kiddos along! After the clean up, we can reward ourselves with a light climbing session together (free admission for non-members).

Registration is requested, but not required. We will need an estimate of how many supply kits we will need.

Masks are required during the clean up event and when you are in the ASCEND building.


Questions? Email: [email protected]




From our Clean Up in April 2019

Our first Community Clean Up was a hit! Lily, one of our new managers, shared her love for outdoor stewardship while leading the group with Michael from South Side Community Council. Read on to learn all about it! 

Waking up early on a Saturday isn’t for everyone, but we are thankful for our friends that came out Saturday, April 27th to help us clean near ASCEND!

ASCEND teamed up with the South Side Community Council to clean the sidewalks and streets around the gym. Of course we started at ASCEND to discuss the game plan and to fuel up with coffee and baked goods. Then we took to the streets! Our group of 16 community members walked with trash bags in hand and ultimately collected 15 bags worth of cigarette butts, discarded food containers, and other left behind litter. It felt great to lend a hand in our neighborhood and our neighbors appreciated it too. Runners, bikers, and folks on their porches thanked us as we passed. The sun warmed our faces as we worked through the morning. A few volunteers even got to use a power washer under the railroad bridge at 22nd and Mary to wash away mud, debris, and graffiti. As we rounded up and put our tools away, everyone agreed that it was great way to help out the community and spend some time beautifying our neighborhood! Thank you again to everyone who came out and the South Side Community Council.

Take a look below for information on our next clean up. See you there!

Lily got into hiking towards the end of college, and the more she hikes, the more she wants to give back to the environment. Lily is currently implementing sustainable swaps in her everyday life to do her part of caring for the planet!