The city of Springfield will be kicking off an initiative aimed at having residents work to clean up the community.
“Clean Green Springfield,” a series of City-wide cleanup events, will take place during April and May. Several city departments will be working with community partners to organize the events for community volunteers.
“We want to be known as the cleanest city in the state,” Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, said in a statement. “Our citizens are incredibly giving of their time and once they become aware of a problem, they want to be a part of the solution.”
The staff of the city’s Environmental Services have been working on a “litter index” and have completed a trash assessment of the city’s streams. They found an average of 155 pieces of trash in a 100-foot stream section, with nearly 60% of the trash found in the streams some form of plastic.
The city is encouraging residents to participate in one or more of the cleanup events, which will range from neighborhood cleanups, to roadside trash pickups, to stream cleanups.
“At the very least, we hope that these activities remind us all to simply not litter,” Scott said. “I see young children encouraging their families to help pick up trash and more importantly, to not litter in the first place. Maybe we should learn from that. We may also uncover additional challenges to the affordability of waste disposal. At any rate, we have been blown away by the early positive response to this idea and are excited about the project.”
Some of the scheduled cleanups are:
Point-of-Pride Cleanup Events
April 3: West Meadows
9 a.m. – noon | Saturday, April 3
Help clean up the new West Meadows Trail and stream section near College Street and Fort Avenue. Trail improvements at this brownfields redevelopment area were completed in fall 2020. Ripe with history, West Meadows includes historic Fulbright Spring, the location of one of Springfield’s earliest settlements. The area was also the location of a Union soldier encampment during the Civil War and lies adjacent to historic Route 66.
PARKING: Limited parking at the trailhead at 304 North Fort Avenue. More parking available at the Route 66 Roadside Park (1200 W. College Street).
9 a.m. – noon | Saturday, April 10
Help clean up the section of Jordan Creek and Greenway Trail stretching alongside Kansas Expressway from Grand Street to Mt. Vernon Street. Two bridge reconstruction projects, including pedestrian safety and greenway trail improvements were recently completed in the area, making it a new focus for pedestrian and bike activity connecting to neighborhoods and nearby Cruz Dog Park.
PARKING: Parking is available at the City Utilities Meter and Service Center at 2115 W. Grand
Wilson’s Creek at Scenic Avenue
9 a.m. – noon | Saturday, April 17
This section of Wilson’s Creek passes nearby Ewing Sports Complex and flows alongside the Wilson’s Creek Greenway Trail.
PARKING: Parking is available at Ewing Sports Complex (1400 S. Scenic)
Fassnight Creek at Grant Avenue
9 a.m. – noon | Saturday, April 24
A focal point along the future Grant Avenue Parkway route, Fassnight Creek nearby Parkview High School, Fassnight Greenway Trail and Fassnight Park needs some TLC! Parking at Fassnight Park.
PARKING: Parking is available at Fassnight Park (1305 S. Campbell.)
The city is also hosting neighborhood cleanups:
- April 3 – Midtown Neighborhood – 8 a.m. – noon – Cox North Parking Lot off Benton Ave.
- April 10 – Tom Watkins – 8 a.m. – noon – Faith Assembly Church, 3001 W. Division.
- April 17 – Bradford Park – 8 a.m. – noon – Walnut Lawn and Kickapoo
- April 17 – Mark Twain – 8 a.m. – noon – Sunset Church of Christ – 1222 W. Sunset St.
- April 24 – Robberson – 7 – 11 a.m. – Pathways United Methodist Church – 1232 E. Dale
- April 24 – Woodland Heights – 8 a.m. – noon – 304 W. Chase St.
- May 1 – Weller – 8 a.m. – noon – Turning Point Church – 1722 N. National
- May 8 – Doling – 8 a.m. – noon – Christ the King Church – 2357 N. Broadway
- May 15 – Rountree 7 – 11 a.m. – University Heights Baptist Church – 1010 S. National
- May 15 – Phelps Grove / University Heights – 7 – 11 a.m. – Springfield Art Museum – 1111 E. Brookside
- May 22 – Westside Betterment – 7 – 11 a.m. – Study Alternative Center – 2343 W. Olive
- June 5 – Bissett – 8 a.m. – noon – Bissett Elementary – 3014 W. Calhoun
In-depth information and registration can be found on the city’s Clean Green Springfield website.