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April 29, 2014
Hundreds Cleaned and Greened
Hundreds Cleaned and Greened

Chattanooga did it again in 2014's Clean and Green event. With over 550 volunteers, downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are shining bright.
 

Clean and Green brought businesses, civic groups and community members together to make downtown brighter and cleaner in one big sweep on April 5th. Volunteers met at Miller Plaza for a fun-filled day of collecting trash and recyclables, removing graffiti, painting, planting and helping out where needed.

 

The volunteer groups impacted the following districts and neighborhoods in the downtown area: City Center, Riverfront, NorthShore, Southside, MLK/UTC, Fort Wood, Glenwood, Orchard Knob, Highland Park, Glenwood and Hill City. This year’s event marked the fourth consecutive year for River City Company’s Clean and Green program sponsored by Volkswagen Chattanooga and the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary and Rotaract Club with partners Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, causeway, SERVPRO of Chattanooga, Custom Werks Graphics, the City of Chattanooga and Orange Grove Center.

With help from sponsors, partners and volunteers, 1100 bags of trash and 500 bags of recyclables were collected from streets and 20 buildings were wiped clean of graffiti along with removal from city infrastructure like parking meters and bus stops.

 

It was inspiring to meet the volunteers that participated this year and see how eager they were to wake up early on a Saturday morning to help beautify their city. We are so thankful for their participation.

 

Specific projects for this year’s event included cleaning vacant storefronts in City Center, removing graffiti from Patten Parkway and assisting with playground cleanup at Partnership for Families Children and Adult’s Crisis Center. There is more work to be done at the Crisis Center. If you can help, email Amy Donahue at adonahue@rivercitycompany.com.

 

For all their hard work, volunteers were treated to breakfast, t-shirts, reusable totes, water bottles and more. We'll see you in April 2015 for the next Clean and Green! 

 

See some of the pictures from this year's event here