Cleanups and fun run will mark Earth Day

Earth Day Cleanup - April 16

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is holding its 17th annual Earth Day watershed cleanup on Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. - noon.

A collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling, the Minneapolis Earth Day Watershed Clean Up was initiated in 1995 to draw attention to the water quality improvement needs of Minneapolis’ lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality.

Cleanup sites include the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassetts Creek and the Mississippi River. No pre-registration is required for individual volunteers. Just come to the cleanup location of your choosing and check in at the registration table. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves. For more information on where to gather, visit www.minneapolisearthday.com.

Onsite education programs will offer volunteers the opportunity to learn about issues affecting our environment and community. The programs are designed for individuals of all ages.

Last year, more than 3,000 volunteers picked up more than 15,000 pounds of trash keeping the litter out of our lakes, ponds and rivers.

Minneapolis 5K Recycle Run - April 17

The Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K serves as a fundraiser for future Earth Day Clean Up efforts. This year’s run is Sunday, April 17, at Lake Harriet. The kid’s half mile run begins at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m.

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

Published Apr 14, 2011