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

RiverSweep is held every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day from 9am until  noon.   Rain or Shine!  

Save the Date- May 11th, 2019-9am-noon. 

In 2018, 700 volunteers removed over 32,265 tons of trash, including 273  tires and went through 40 gallons of paint to cover up graffiti!

Over the course of 29 years we have recruited 19,108 volunteers who have helped us extract and recycle 24,317 illegally discarded tires and picked up for disposal 655 tons of trash. In 2017  alone, 750  volunteers removed over 39 tons of trash, including 319  tires. In 2015, we added a new graffiti clean-up component to RiverSweep to help beautify the area.

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.

Pick a Clean Site location that works best for you.  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.  Volunteers must sign a waiver before they participate.  Waiver 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 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.   

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.

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

Canal Basin Park: Meet at Flat Iron Café 1114 Center St. Cleveland, OH 44113.

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

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

West Creek: Email Jakob Hamlescher at Jakob@wesrcreek.org to inquire if this site needs volunteer help

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

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.

RiverSweep only happens with a little help from our friends- to learn more about this event, check out this video: RiverSweep 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 will run 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 fall 2018. 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!