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Keep America Beautiful is celebrating the Great American Cleanup’s 23rd year, between March 20 to June 20, and Fresno is joining in the fun!

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) is one of the largest community service events in the nation. GAC takes place nationwide during the spring as part of Earth Day celebrations and prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders.

Beautify Fresno is hosting 12 individual cleanup and beautification events on Saturday, April 24, involving over 500 volunteers. All events will take place between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and every volunteer will get a free Beautify Fresno Great American Cleanup t-shirt  Once the cleanup events are over, volunteers are invited to attend a rally in the H Street parking lot across the street from Chukchansi Park for free food, music, and fun.

Volunteers are encouraged to download, print, sign, and bring the Beautify Fresno release waiver with them to the event to help speed up the check-in process. Volunteers for the San Joaquin River at River West cleanup and the Southwest Fresno tree-planting event are also asked to fill out waivers for those events, in addition to the Beautify Fresno waiver.


Downtown Fresno – co-hosted by the Downtown Fresno Partnership

The event will clean up the Brewery District downtown bordered by Tulare, G Street, Ventura, and L Street and includes the area bordered by Ventura, Fulton, Santa Clara, and L Street.

Downtown Fresno Partnership Waiver

Tower District – co-hosted by the Tower District Marketing Committee and Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen

The event will clean up the Tower District downtown centered around Olive Street and the surrounding business and residential streets between Echo and San Pablo.

San Joaquin River at River West – co-hosted by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust

The event will clean up the River West area along the San Joaquin River and nearby ponds at the Spano River Ranch in North Fresno.

San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust Liability Waiver

Shaw Avenue Corridor – co-hosted by Support Northwest Fresno and Lifebridge Community Church

The event will clean up the Shaw Avenue Corridor both north and south between Golden State Parkway and West Avenue.

Fort Miller area – co-hosted by Fresno Metro Ministry, the Better Blackstone Association, and the Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership (FCHIP)

The event will clean up the streets and neighborhoods around Fort Miller Middle School between Blackstone and Wishon on the east/west between Dakota and Shields on the north/south.

Kings Canyon/Clovis area – co-hosted by New Covenant Community Church

This event will clean up the lots next to and behind the Vons Supermarket and Dollar Tree in Southeast Fresno.

Saint Rest Neighborhood area – co-hosted by Clinica Sierra Vista and Saint Rest Baptist Church

The event will clean up the streets and neighborhoods around Saint Rest Baptist church and do some touch-up work and weeding at the Saint Rest Community Plaza between S. Clara Ave. and Elm on the east/west and Chester Riggins Ave. and Church Ave, on the north/south.

Roosevelt High School area – co-hosted by Every Neighborhood Partnership

This event will clean up the area near Roosevelt High School along Tulare Ave. between Cedar and Maple, and the neighborhoods and alleys north to the Illinois-Bend-McKenzie Avenues border.

Lions Skate Park area – co-hosted by Americorps

This event will clean up the area around Lions Skate Park along Marks Ave. and Rialto Ave., and down the median on Emerson Ave. from Marks to Hughes.

Airport District – co-hosted by Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing

The event will clean up the industrial area east of Fresno Yosemite International Airport along Clovis Ave., Shields Ave., Argyle Ave., and Clinton Ave.

Southwest Fresno tree planting – co-hosted by Tree Fresno

The event will plant 211 trees, funded by CalFire and High Speed Rail, at Green Valley Recycling. The site is just off Hwy 99 and the North Ave. exit.  The facility is located under the newly constructed high-speed rail line, and the landscaping will ultimately include nearly 400 trees and other plants.

Graffiti/Trash abatement near McKinley and Hwy 168 – co-hosted by the Fresno City College Fire Academy

This event will paint over 3500 sq. ft. of graffiti along a wall at the bottom of the highway embankment just southeast of McKinley and 168, along with removing trash on the service trail that runs along the bottom of the embankment (City graffiti crew will supervise.)