Cleanups and 5K run will mark Earth Day

Earth Day Cleanup - April 21

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is holding its 18th annual Earth Day watershed cleanup Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The annual Earth Day Watershed cleanup brings Minneapolis neighborhoods, businesses and volunteer organizations together to protect our city’s lakes, rivers and streams. Volunteers pick up trash and help clean up Minneapolis’ water resources. After the cleanup, volunteers celebrate with refreshments, door prizes and all-ages programs.

In last year’s cleanup, nearly 1,500 volunteers removed more than 10,000 pounds of litter from our neighborhoods and watersheds.

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis launched the cleanup in 1995 to demonstrate both the need to improve the quality of Minneapolis lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality. This annual event involves cleaning major watersheds and water bodies in Minneapolis including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett’s Creek and the Mississippi River.

It’s easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30 a.m. and noon and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will give you gloves and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. Every site has a coordinator who is there to assist volunteers and answer questions.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, though we will have thin cotton gloves available for volunteers who need them. Check in at the registration table to get a bag and instructions on where to pick-up and leave trash. A volunteer coordinator will be at each site to assist volunteers and answer any questions.

To take part in Earth Day activities, call the Earth Day hotline at 612-313-7722 or go to Earth Day Clean Up page on the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation website.

Minneapolis 5K Recycle Run - April 22

The Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K serves as a fundraiser for Minneapolis parks. This year’s run is Sunday, April 22, at Lake Harriet. The kid’s free half mile run begins at 8:45 a.m.; the chip-timed 5K run begins at 9 a.m.

Everyone who registers for the 5K run receives an organic cotton T-shirt, and the first 1,000 registered participants receive Tap Minneapolis aluminum water bottle. Kids' run participants will receive a tree sapling to take home and plant.

If you have old running shoes and shirts, bring them to the event. Organizers will take them to be recycled.

For more information about the run, visit the Recycle Run website.

 

Published Apr. 12, 2012