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Published on April 19, 2024
Minneapolis Mobilizes for 30th Annual Earth Day Clean-Up and 5K Bee Run/WalkSource: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Get ready, Minneapolis — it's time to roll up your sleeves for the city's 30th annual Earth Day Clean-Up. On April 20, from 9:30 am to noon, volunteers are called to join forces at one of 44 designated clean-up sites across the local park system, no signup is necessary. The event encourages residents to take action by collecting trash and recyclables left in the wake of winter, giving back some shine to the city we all call home.

At each location, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will supply all the necessary gear, including bags, and gloves to ensure volunteers can get down to business. And not to worry about the aftermath — the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling has committed to properly disposing of all materials gathered during the clean-up, according to a statement by the board. A hat tip goes to The Lakes Residences, this year's Earth Day sponsor, for supporting the green initiative.

Since 2008, the annual event has seen more than 165,000 pounds of garbage removed from parks by volunteers. That's no small feat, and this year's turnout is expected to carry on this legacy of community spirit and environmental stewardship. Individuals looking to participate can find a map and more details on the cleanup operation at minneapolisearthday.com or check out the linked 2024 Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up Flyer.

But that's not all — Boom Island Park will also be buzzing with the 9th annual Earth Day 5K Bee Run/Walk and Cleanup. The family-friendly affair promises music, booths chock-full of information, and a scenic route that snakes along the Mississippi River. Event organizers, the Great River Coalition, say, “Dogs and costumes are welcome!” Runners and walkers interested in hitting the pavement for a cause can find registration details and more at the coalition's website.