The organizers for the gay pride parade hope to have less impact on the Hillcrest community after the parade is all said and done — and, yes, Kathy Griffin is still headlining. Their biggest concern is the amount of trash left behind on the sidewalks and streets after the weekend celebrations.
After last year's parade, complaints came from many Hillcrest residents about too much litter on the small side streets and residential areas of the community. The Hillcrest Town Council even wrote a letter to San Diego Pride's executive director, Ron deHart, expressing their concerns over the litter.
The two sides quickly found a resolution. Members of the Hillcrest community will volunteer to clean up the neighborhood on the Monday morning after the parade, and San Diego Pride will donate $10 for every volunteer hour to the Hillcrest Town Council for their efforts.
On Monday, July 21, volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. on the corner of Park and University to clean up the community. The town council will furnish the items required and Councilwoman Toni Atkins's office is renting a dumpster. Numbers, a bar/club on Park Boulevard, is offering their parking lot for the day.
For more information log on to www.hillcresttowncouncil.com.