For more than 20 years volunteers have joined forces for the Flint River and Community Cleanup.
This year the event will be held across Genesee and Lapeer Counties on April 28 from 9 a.m. – noon with multiple community beautification, stewardship and cleanup events.
You can be one of those volunteers.
The Flint River Watershed Coalition and its partners are currently seeking groups and individuals who would like to come together to make a big impact on the watershed. You’ll get to celebrate your accomplishments afterwards at appreciation lunches.
Partnering with the Genesee County Parks, the City of Flint, City of Lapeer, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, River Network and many others, the Flint River Watershed Coalition and its chapters boasted more than 330 volunteers in 2017 at 21 sites across the watershed. These same partners and more have come together again in 2018 with an ambitious goal of exceeding 500 volunteers.
Sites and activities included in this year’s event include:
- Formerly Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park – 2000 James P. Cole Blvd., Flint: Trash and debris cleanup
- Carriage Town/Atwood Stadium – 701 University Ave., Flint: Trash and brush cleanup in and around Carriage Town/Atwood Stadium and along the trails near the river
- Thread Lake @ McKinley Park Vista Center Area – 2999 Orville St., Flint: Trash and debris cleanup on peninsula, dock removal on the south shore and sod removal on the north shore
- Former Farmers’ Market – 420 E. Boulevard Dr., Flint: Trash and debris cleanup along the river. Check in at Habitat for Humanity – 101 Burton St.
- Holloway Dam – 7411 Holloway Dr., Davison: Trash and debris cleanup near popular fishing spots
- Mott Park – 2402 Nolen Dr., Flint: Trash and debris cleanup
- Gilkey Creek @ Pierce School – 1101 W Vernon Dr., Flint: Trash and debris cleanup
- Carman Creek @ Neithercut Elementary – 2010 Crestbrook Lane, Flint: Brush removal and trail work along trail behind the school; trash and debris removal
- Genesee Valley Trail @ Court/Farnum – Farnum Ave & Genesee Valley Trail, Flint: Invasive species removal
- Flushing Riverview Park – 299 S Cherry St., Flushing: Trash and debris cleanup
- Flushing Township Nature Park – 8295 N McKinley Rd., Flushing: Trash and debris clean up
- Six other sites in Lapeer County: Meet at Cramton Park: 198 S Main St. in Lapeer. Call Peter McCreedy at 810-614-7594 to sign up.
The cleanup event originally began with the Friends of the Flint River Trail. Over the years, many partners have joined forces to now create one of the area’s largest cleanup efforts.
Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register, but are also welcome to just show up. They will receive a canvas Flint River Watershed Coalition tote bag while supplies last. Some equipment will be provided.
Be sure to wear long sleeves, long pants, closed-toed shoes and be prepared to be outdoors.
Families are welcome at all sites. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Minors under the age of 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Volunteer appreciation lunches will be held in the former Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park at 2000 James P. Cole Blvd. in Flint from noon until 2 p.m. and at Cramton Park in Lapeer from noon until 1 p.m.
Contact Autumn Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-767-9491 if you have questions about the Genesee County events. In Lapeer, contact Peter McCreedy at 810-614-7594 to register.