FRESNO, CA – Mayor Jerry Dyer joined 1,248 volunteers taking part in over 80 group and individual cleanup projects across the city this morning as his Beautify Fresno initiative celebrated the third Mayor’s Citywide Community CleanUP Day. Nearly 13,250 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 Southwest 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. “It’s a testament to the renewed pride our residents and businesses are feeling about the areas where they live, work, and play. My greatest joy as Mayor of Fresno is to see our community come together as One Fresno to make our streets, parks and neighborhoods look cleaner and feel safer.”
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.
Many projects had specific interests. Over 100 employees and their families 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 alleys in the area north of Gettysburg and east of Blackstone.
Volunteers from the Fresno County District Attorney’s office pitched in to pick up trash near their downtown offices and Amazon managers and supervisors cleaned up the roadways around their main distribution center.
Caltrans joined the spirit by hosting its own separate cleanup project that saw a record number of their employees working along State Route 41 between Shields 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 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. with food from local food trucks, music and activities for the kids. Follow Beautify Fresno on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @beautifyfresno or visit our website www.beautifyfresno.org