AKRON, Ohio — Clean Up Akron Month might have been in April, but efforts to get trash off city streets, parking lots and green spaces will continue in May and June.
Keep Akron Beautiful, the city and several City Council members are leading the charge.
The city and Keep Akron Beautiful will host a one-day city-wide cleanup. The Akron Community Cleanup is set for Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at locations around the city. Volunteers can sign up online.
Keep Akron Beautiful associates will help guide volunteers to their respective sites and provide maps, gloves and trash grabbers. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a “community champion” will be assigned to each location:
- Ward 1 — check-in at Balch Street Fitness Center, 220 S. Balch St. Community Champion: Councilwoman Nancy Holland
- Ward 2 — check-in at Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave. Community Champion: Councilman Phil Lombardo
- Ward 5 — check-in at Mason Park Community Center, 700 E. Exchange St. Community Champion: Akron resident Johnnie Hannah
- Ward 8 — check-in at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave. Community Champion: Councilman Shammas Malik
- Ward 10 — check-in at Reservoir Park Community Center, 1735 Hillside Terrace. Community Champion: Councilwoman Sharon Connor
Ward 7 City Councilman Donnie Kammer will host a separate clean-up in Firestone Park from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 21. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Firestone Park Community Center. Volunteers can sign up on the Keep Akron Beautiful website.
During Clean Up Akron Month, more than 600 volunteers picked up about 10 tons of litter, Mayor Dan Horrigan said.
“That kind of involvement proves Akron residents take pride in their community and they want to be part of the positive change,” he said. “This Akron Community Cleanup will provide residents with another opportunity to get involved.”
Anyone who signs in at a clean-up location during the Akron Community Cleanup will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an afternoon in the city’s suite for a Akron RubberDucks game. The winner will receive 20 tickets for the game that takes place at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. The winner will be announced during the first week of June on the Mayor’s Office social media pages.
Throughout the year, Keep Akron Beautiful will provide bags, gloves, hand sanitizer and litter grabbers to anyone who wants to pick up trash. Sign up for supplies on the Keep Akron Beautiful website.