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Community pitches in to Clean Up Cleveland

May 20, 2018 GMT

Dozens of volunteers showed up at the Stancil Park Expo Center on May 19 to help with the Clean Up Cleveland event.

Clean Up Cleveland is an event that invites volunteers to come out and help get as much trash off of the streets of Cleveland as possible. Some volunteers attack areas on their own while others look at targeted areas that are listed beforehand such as the area behind H-E-B or the Kirbywood apartments.

According to Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald, this year’s Clean Up Cleveland had an estimated 100 volunteers. McDonald says this year’s Clean Up Cleveland proves to be successful.

“The dumpster out there is almost full,” said McDonald referring to the dumpster set up outside of the Stancil Park Expo Center.

Clean Up Cleveland was originally scheduled for last year until Hurricane Harvey disrupted the plans.

“We had to push things back,” said McDonald. “The plans are going forward that we’ll continue to have this every year. We usually try to have it in April in conjunction with Clean up Texas or Keep Texas Beautiful.”

McDonald says the event proved not only to be successful in cleaning up the city but also in showing the volunteering citizens how much unattended garbage can pile up in the city.

“A lot of folks said that they were amazed by the amount of trash out,” she said. “The young folks from the cheerleading and student council, they were surprised by the amount of trash out on the roadway and they weren’t always looking for that or receptive to seeing that so it kind of helps them to clean up the community and give them some community pride.”

McDonald says the help in cleaning up the city is greatly appreciated and hopes that Clean Up Cleveland can return to being an annual event to help keep the city looking its best.

jmcadams@hcnonline.com