Six teams of volunteers will spread out across the city’s Southeast Side on Saturday, June 2, from 8 to 10:00 a.m. picking up trash as part of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s Clean Evansville initiative. The June clean-up will target areas in Ward Two, which is represented by City Councilwoman Missy Mosby. A team of volunteers also will clean up in the Evansville Arts District near Washington Avenue and S.E. Second Street in preparation for the Sculpt EVV outdoor public sculpture show slated to begin on June 9, 2012.
More than 150 people have volunteered for the June clean-up, according to Jennifer Mason, who coordinates the Clean Evansville volunteers on behalf of Keep Evansville Beautiful. The volunteers will be picking up trash along Washington Avenue, from U.S. Highway 41 east to Green River Road; along Covert Avenue, from U.S. Highway 41 east to Vann Avenue; and along Weinbach Avenue, from Washington Avenue south to Pollack Avenue. A team of volunteers will also pick up trash in the Goosetown Neighborhood area, around Washington Avenue and S.E. Second Street. The trash drop-off point will be on the Bosse High School parking lot near the corner of Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 41.
Team 1 will be led by Mayor Winnecke, Team 2 by Timothy Weir of Accuride, Team 3 by Councilwoman Mosby, Team 4 by First Lady Carol McClintock, Team 5 by Patricia Jackson of Vectren, and Team 6 by Skyler York from the City’s Department of Metropolitan Development.
Since Clean Evansville’s launch in January, more than 800 volunteers have been involved in the monthly clean-up. They have removed approximately 10,700 pounds of trash, ranging from broken bottles and cigarette butts to discarded furniture. Allied Waste, a major supporter of the clean initiative, has provided volunteers to collect and transport trash to the landfill. Rural King has donated $100 per month for supplies, such as trash bags and gloves.
Keep Evansville Beautiful is recruiting volunteers for the July and August clean-up efforts. In July, volunteers will target the Glenwood Neighborhood Association area. The August clean-up will focus on the area around Wesselman Park.
Groups and individuals interested in joining Clean Evansville should contact Keep Evansville Beautiful at 425-4461.