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West Hollywood: Turning Shoes Into Playgrounds

For the month of April, the city of West Hollywood is hosting the fourth annual Re-Use-A-Shoe Program in which donated sneakers are recycled and then used to build athletic fields, tracks, and playground surfacing. Sorry, boys and girls, no old Manolos allowed; only athletic shoes can be turned into future recreational facilities. Already, 250 football and soccer fields, playgrounds, and basketball and tennis courts have been created—and many of these stinky funspots are in our metropolis.

3.) City of West Hollywood Hosts Third Annual Re-Use-A-Shoe Program in April

The City of West Hollywood is hosting the fourth annual Re-Use-A-Shoe Program during the month of April. The Re-Use-A-Shoe Program is an environmental and community service program in which the donation of used athletic shoes are recycled and then used to build athletic fields, tracks and even playground surfacing. All brands of athletic shoes are eligible for recycling, however the Re-Use-A-Shoe Program is for athletic shoes only, no sandals, leather shoes, boots, flip flops and no metal shoes of any kind.
Recycle old athletic shoes by dropping them in the blue recycling carts that are located at the following West Hollywood drop-off locations:
• West Hollywood City Hall lobby, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard;
• West Hollywood Sheriff Station lobby, 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard;
• 24-Hour Fitness lobby, 8612 Santa Monica Boulevard; and
• Train West Hollywood lobby, 624 North La Cienega Boulevard.
Nationally, some 15 million shoes have been collected, shredded and turned into 250 football and soccer fields, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, many in the Los Angeles County area. Last year, residents and businesses of West Hollywood contributed more than 1200 pairs of shoes to the Re-Use A-Shoe Program.
For more information, please contact Jan Harmon, Environmental Programs Coordinator, at (323) 848-6499. For the hearing impaired, please call (323) 848-6496.