The Shipshape Challenge launches July 2012 and will run until the date of the Warren Walkabout, October 21st, 2012. That gives property owners, business owners, and volunteers just under 4 months to complete projects to get their properties “shipshape.” If you’re already working on a project–painting your house, restoring windows, digging a garden–you can still enter! The only requirement is the the project be finished in time for the judging on October 21st.
You can enter the contest here, or pick up forms at the Warren Town Hall. If you’d like to volunteer, you can do so by submitting your information to us here. Of course, you’re also welcome to volunteer un-officially: pick up litter, do a little guerrilla gardening, or help an elderly or disabled neighbor out with their projects.
What does “shipshape” mean?
Shipshape is a nautical term that we use today to mean “tidy,” everything in it’s place. That doesn’t mean boring! For the purposes of the Shipshape Challenge, “shipshape” can mean: clean, colorful, eco-friendly, safe, aesthetically pleasing, mindful of neighbors, and unique! It also means respecting Warren’s history, encouraging growth, making places friendly to kids, pets, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and getting creative. The natural limitations of space and resources create fun challenges. “Do-it-Yourself” (or DIY) projects are encouraged, but if you need help, you’ll be able to visit our resources page for local businesses that can offer advice, tools, and manpower (this page is still under construction!). In addition, George Hail Public library is currently gathering books and resources for a “Shipshape Challenge” display you can refer to for help.