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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)