FRESNO, CA- Mayor Jerry Dyer joined 1,174 volunteers taking part in group and individual cleanup projects across the city this morning as his Beautify Fresno initiative celebrated the second annual Mayor’s Citywide Community CleanUP Day. A total of 13,852 pounds of trash and litter were removed from streets, parks, and riverfronts within a two-hour period, covering almost every area of Fresno.
In addition to hundreds of volunteers serving at four hub locations in Downtown, Central, Southeast and West Fresno, residents were encouraged to choose an area of special importance to them and clean it on their own, whether by themselves or in groups ranging in size up to 100 people. Beautify Fresno provided all the cleanup materials for the event, which volunteers could keep to use whenever they want.
Beautify Fresno is one of Mayor Jerry Dyer’s top priorities with a mission to inspire everyone to take pride in their city and to show the community that we can all take action to make Fresno a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live. “Great cities are clean cities,” said Mayor Dyer. “Thanks to the hard work of our City cleanup crews and the continued support from our volunteers, we are getting closer to being litter free with each passing day. And because of your tireless efforts, we’re bringing pride back to our community.”
The Mayor’s Citywide Community CleanUP Day was sponsored by City of Fresno, Amazon, Producers Dairy, Manchester Center, Outfront Media, Caglia Environmental, Nalchajian Orthodontics, Mid Valley Recycling, Noble Credit Union, RH Community Builders, Keep California Beautiful, the Fresno Grizzlies, and the One Fresno Foundation.
The hub cleanup projects were made possible through the support of some of Fresno’s top organizations and businesses, including the Downtown Fresno Partnership, Hidden Wealth Foundation, and the Southeast Fresno Community Economic Development Association (SEFCEDA). Other projects had specific interests. Over 100 employees from Mid Valley Recycling picked up trash around their company headquarters. Cadets from the Fire Academy at Fresno City College removed litter and debris from the area surrounding their training center in Southwest Fresno.
Business leaders also stepped up to answer Mayor Dyer’s call to service. Members of the Downtown Rotary Club removed almost 500 pounds of garbage around businesses in the Brewery District in downtown Fresno. Caltrans joined the spirit by hosting its own separate cleanup project that saw 30 of their employees working along State Route 41 between Ashlan and Shaw between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. today to pick up trash off the highway.
Following the completion of the cleanup and beautification projects, participants were invited to an outdoor “thank you” after party in the Manchester Center parking lot from 11:00 am. – 1:00 p.m. with food from local food trucks, music and activities.
Beautify Fresno follows guidance from our national advisors at Keep America Beautiful, as well as all health and safety protocols from the CDC and the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Safety vests, paper pickers, gloves and trash bags, along with pre-packaged snacks and bottled water were provided to volunteers.