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“Clean Up, Evanston!” on April 22

Post Date:03/22/2017 9:07 AM

Clean-up-Evanston_600pxCommunity members are invited to participate in the City's annual Earth Day and Arbor Day community clean-up event, “Clean up, Evanston!," on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at locations throughout the city. Volunteer for "Clean Up, Evanston!"

In addition to the clean-up activities, the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., will host free, family-friendly Earth Day festivities and nature play from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The City will also hold a tree planting ceremony in front of the Morton Civic Center at the intersection of Ridge Ave. and Leonard Pl., at 10 a.m., to celebrate the City’s longstanding Tree City USA designation.

This year’s event is made possible through partnerships with Evanston TreeKeepers, District 65, District 202, Northwestern University, Canal Shores, Friends of the Chicago River, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Ridgeville Park District. Each partner organization is hosting at least one clean-up site.

Community groups and individuals of all ages can visit or call/text 847-448-4311 to sign up to meet at any of these designated clean-up sites across the city:

  • Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs Park – Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
  • James Park – Fieldhouse, Dodge Ave. at Mulford St.
  • Lovelace Park – Fieldhouse, Grosse Point Rd. at Thayer St.
  • Lakefront, Greenwood St. to Clark St. – 1401 Sheridan Pl.
  • Ingraham Park – Bike racks located just west of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
  • North Shore Channel – Dammrich Rowing Center, 3220 Oakton St., Skokie (ages 8 and up)
  • Harbert Park – 1300 McDaniel Ave.
  • Ridgeville Park – 908 Seward St.
  • Elks Park – Callan Ave. and Mulford St.
  • Dempster and Greenwood Street Beaches – 1251 Lakeshore Blvd.
  • Chute Middle School, 1400 Oakton St.
  • Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave.
  • King Fine Arts School, 2424 Lake St.
  • Nichols Middle School, 800 Greanleaf St.
  • Canal Shores Golf Course (all six sites) – 1030 Central St.

District 65 school clean-up locations will be added to VolunteerEvanston in the coming weeks. Instructions and a description of activities planned for each site are available on

Community members who would like to clean up a park or public space that is not listed should select the “Self-organized park clean up” option on VolunteerEvanston. This option allows volunteers to clean up their neighborhood parks with support from the City. In VolunteerEvanston, volunteers should indicate which park they’d like to clean up and how many will be participating. Bags may then be picked up from the Ecology Center from Wednesday, April 19 through Friday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

ETHS, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, will continue its longstanding tradition of organizing a community clean-up in the area surrounding the high school. Students who are interested in being involved should contact ETHS Community Service Coordinator Mary Collins at for more information. This event will also take place on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition to the City's community clean-up event April 22, volunteers from civic organizations, social clubs, neighborhood associations, individual families, faith organizations, school groups and employee groups are encouraged to participate in the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department's year-round Adopt a Park program. The City is seeking volunteer groups to assist with litter pick-up, preservation and maintenance of Evanston parks. To learn more, visit or send questions to

For more information about the Earth Day and Arbor Day events, call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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