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Community members are invited to participate in the City’s annual Earth Day and Arbor Day community clean-up event, “Clean up, Evanston!,” from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 22 at locations throughout the City.
In addition to the clean-up activities, the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., will host free, family-friendly Earth Day festivities and nature play from 9 to 11 a.m. The City will also hold a tree planting ceremony in front of the Morton Civic Center at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Leonard Place, at 10 a.m., to celebrate the City’s longstanding Tree City USA designation.
This year’s event is made possible through partnerships with Evanston TreeKeepers, District 65, District 202, Northwestern University, Canal Shores, Friends of the Chicago River, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Ridgeville Park District. Each partner organization is hosting at least one clean-up site.
Community groups and individuals of all ages can visit volunteerevanston.org or call/text 847-448-4311 to sign up to meet at any of these designated clean-up sites:
Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs Park – Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.; James Park – Fieldhouse, Dodge Avenue at Mulford Street; Lovelace Park – Fieldhouse, Grosse Point Road at Thayer Street; Lakefront, Greenwood St. to Clark St. – 1401 Sheridan Place; Ingraham Park – Bike racks just west of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.; North Shore Channel – Dammrich Rowing Center, 3220 Oakton St., Skokie (ages 8 and up); Harbert Park – 1300 McDaniel Ave.; Ridgeville Park – 908 Seward St.; Elks Park – Callan Avenue and Mulford Street; Dempster and Greenwood Street beaches – 1251 Lakeshore Blvd.; Canal Shores Golf Course (all six sites) – 1030 Central St.
District 65 school clean-up locations will be added to VolunteerEvanston in the coming weeks. Instructions and a descrip-tion of activities planned for each site are available on volunteerevanston.org.
Community members who would like to clean up a park or public space that is not listed should select the “Self-organized park clean up” option on VolunteerEvanston. Bags may then be picked up from the Ecology Center business hours between April 19 and 21 an between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on April 22.
Evanston Township High School, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, will continue its long-standing tradition of organizing a community clean-up in the area surrounding the high school, also in the morning of April 22.