This Saturday, May 7th, close to 1,000 volunteers are expected to clean up garbage and cover graffiti in Cleveland neighborhoods such as the Flats, Tremont, and Slavic Village at RiverSweep.
Each year, RiverSweep draws students, activists and members of the business community to work together to clean the Cuyahoga River Valley of trash and tires. In its 27th year, RiverSweep has cleaned and prepared the way for future parks including Scranton Flats, Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, Hart Crane Park, Mill Creek Falls, Cleveland Metroparks Washington Reservation, the Morgana Run Trail, the Treadway Greenway, and Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation.
Canalway Partners Executive Director Tim Donovan notes, “Over the years, RiverSweep has paved the way for several urban parks and trails including Scranton Flats. 2016 will be last time we clean sections of Tremont before Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail begins construction later this year.”
Civic organizations play a key role in RiverSweep, contributing resources, coordinating clean sites and volunteers. These include:
- Cleveland Metroparks
- City of Cleveland
- Cleveland City Council
- Slavic Village Development
- Tremont West Development Corp.
- Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn-Centre Neighborhood Development Office
- Old Brooklyn Development Corp.
- Flats Forward
- Historic Warehouse District
- Union Miles Development Corp.
- Harvard Community Services
- West Creek Conservancy
- Big Creek Connects
RiverSweep also benefits from sponsors that contribute both donations and employee labor.