Parks seek Earth Day volunteers

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is seeking volunteers for its 10th Earth Day cleanup, April 17.

The Park Board anticipates up to 1,500 volunteers will walk the shores of the city's lakes and streams to help pick up trash. The Annual Earth Day Watershed Cleanup is the biggest volunteer event for the park system each year.

Volunteers of any age should show up at any of 15 locations between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. April 17 to register and pick up supplies. A celebration with refreshments, music and interactive educational activities from 11 a.m. to noon follows cleanup at eight of the 15 sites. Groups of 15 or more can sign up for special sites by calling and leaving a message at 313-7722, www.minneapolisparks.org.

In Southwest, the meeting locations are:

  • Lynnhurst Community Center, West 50th Street and West Minnehaha Parkway.

  • Calhoun tot lot at East Calhoun Parkway and West 32nd Street.

  • Lake Harriet bandshell.

  • Cedar Lake parking lot at West 25th Street and Cedar Lake Parkway.

  • Kenny Park, 1328 W. 58th St. (will clean at Grass Lake)

  • J.D. Rivers picnic area, Glenwood and Washburn avenues (will clean at Bassett's Creek.)

    Earth Day is a collaborative effort of the Park Board, the city of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling, and 11 neighborhood organizations. Cargill is a corporate sponsor with additional donations from Aveda, Barr Engineering, the Blue Sky Guide and Bryn Mawr Soap Company.

    For more information, contact Marcia Holmberg, Environmental Operations, 313-7723 or [email protected]