RiverSweep – Ohio’s Largest Done-in-a-day Clean Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in the DIY RiverSweep on May 9, 2020. We look forward to you joining us for organized clean-ups later this summer. Check back on this page for updates.

We clean up to bring awareness to areas that will one day become a future trail and/or park. In 2019, 832 volunteers removed over 58 tons of trash, including 440  tires and went through 30 gallons of paint to cover up graffiti!

Over the course of 30 years 19,940 volunteers have helped us extract and recycle 24,757 illegally discarded tires and picked up for disposal 713 tons of trash. 


Volunteer for RiverSweep

RiverSweep draws from across the area, students, activists and members of the business community all work together to clean our shared backyard.

There are 10 separate clean-up sites so you can choose the location that’s most convenient for you. The first 700 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt- all will get gloves and bags. Volunteer truck drivers will only pick up bags of trash in visible areas along their route. Trash bags left in piles along the main street in your clean up area is best, preferably in groups or on the corner of intersecting streets. 

Volunteers must sign a waiver before they participate.  A waiver is available for download below, and additional waivers will be available at your clean site location.  Children under the age of 16 must have the waiver signed by an adult.   

The Clean Up Sites –If you or your group is interested in volunteering at a specific site listed below, please reach out to the site manager with your name and interest in volunteering

The Flats West: Meet on the outside patio of the Cleveland Aquarium: 2000 Sycamore Street Cleveland, OH 44113.

Main Ave. Bridge

Rivergate: This site will also clean Irishtown Bend. Meet at Sainato’s Restaurant: 1852 Columbus Rd. Cleveland, OH. 44113.

Aquarium/Irishtown Bend

Irishtown Bend/Sherwin Williams

Columbus Rd./Carter Rd./Blue Bridge

Columbus Rd. Peninsula

W.25th/Franklin Ave.

Flats East Bank


Train Avenue: Meet at Aries Industries. 3301 Train Ave.

Scranton Rd./Train Ave.

Tremont: Meet at Lincoln Park, near the gazebo 1050 Starkweather Ave. (get directions).

W. 3rd St./Jefferson Ave.


West Creek: Meet in the back of the Giant Eagle parking lot, 7400 Broadview Rd, Parma, OH 44134. 

Big Creek/Lower Harvard: Meet at Sand Bar, 4002 Jennings Rd. Cleveland. 44109.

Slavic Village: Morgana Bluffs Nature Preserve: Meet at Mound Elementary School (5935 Ackley Rd Cleveland 44105)  The school is directly adjacent to Nature Preserve.

Mill Creek: Meet at Brilla House (8411 Webb Terrace) located at the intersection of Turney, Broadway, and Warner.

Johnston Mill Run & Forestdale: Meet at Arthur Johnston Park, just south of 4478 Johnston Parkway in Cleveland.

Click here for the Riversweep volunteer waiver

RiverSweep only happens with a little help from our friends! To learn more, check out our video!

The Results of Decades of Hard Work

The impact of RiverSweep on the community is undeniable.  Within the Cuyahoga River watershed, new parks and trails have emerged in areas formerly targeted for illegal dumping. As a result, more than 400 acres of new greenspace have been cleaned, conserved and open to the public along with an additional 14 miles of trails. Our most recent example is Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail that runs 1.9 miles from the northern entrance of Steelyard Commons to Literary Avenue in Tremont, providing an important link between the populous Cleveland neighborhood, Tremont, the employment and retail center, Steelyard Commons, and the public outdoor recreation area, Clark Fields. Stage 3 is scheduled to be complete by spring 2019. Another example of greenspace is the Scranton Flats section of the Towpath Trail that consists of 11 acres along the Cuyahoga River that creates a new model for fish habitat restoration in an urban shipping channel.

New or expanded parks, trails and greenways have been created from RiverSweep sites. Click on the links below to learn more:

RiverSweep volunteers get a free t-shirt!