Volunteers paint fire hydrants, tackle graffiti along Boilermaker route

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - With just three days to go before the 35th Annual Boilermaker Road Race, local volunteers want the City of Utica to look its best for the big race.

With that in mind, they were out working hard on Thursday to spruce things up, with their attention turned toward the city's fire hydrants along the Boilermaker route.

Volunteers started painting over graffiti last week and decided to expand their efforts, painting fire hydrants and any graffiti created in the past week. Aside from just the impression upon Boilermaker runners, volunteers say they take part because they care about their city and have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

"We're looking towards maybe some time later this month, beginning of August, maybe, putting together another volunteer effort for graffiti busters," said Gene Allen, Marketing Director for the Utica Urban Renewal Department. "We head up quite a few over in Cornhill, but there a lot over here on the west side we want to start tackling, as well."

The painting party will continue until all work is completed and if you would like to volunteer, you can call the City of Utica's Office of Urban and Economic Development at 315-792-0181.

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