Date & Time

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:30 am-noon


Multiple sites throughout Minneapolis
See Get Involved below


This event is free and open to all ages
No registration required

Bee Run

5K Bee Run

Join us on Saturday, April 22 at Boom Island Park for a fun run/walk that supports the creation of a pollinator pathway along the Mississippi River

REGISTRATION opens at 7:30 am
FUN RUN/WALK starts at 9 am
RIVER CLEANUP starts at 9:30 am

Event Description

Earth Day Cleanup is held at several sites throughout the City of Minneapolis. It is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. 

Event Information

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

2016 Earth Day Results

Thank you to Cargill for sponsoring the event and to all of our volunteers for coming out and making this event a huge success.  We collected:

  • 1,640 pounds of metal
  • 640 pounds of recycling
  • 8,100 pounds of garbage! 

Cleanup was initiated in 1995 to draw attention to the water quality improvement needs of Minneapolis' lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality.

Help Improve Minneapolis Parks

The goal of Earth Day Cleanup is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River. Since the inception of the Earth Day cleanup we have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks.

Learn About Our Environment and Community

In addition to cleanup efforts, environmental education is a key part of our Earth Day efforts. Onsite programs offer volunteers the opportunity to learn about various issues affecting our environment and community today. The programs are designed for individuals of all ages. 

Get Involved

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

As a special thank you to all who volunteer their time to make our city a cleaner environment, The AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown, will be offering a special promotion of 20% your hotel stay. As the newest brand by Marriott, The AC brings Spanish roots mixed with a European soul. Step inside the stylish, modern AC and take a sip of our signature crafted cocktail or enjoy a local Minneapolis beer on tap. From check-in to check-out, we’ve carefully curated each element of our hotel to provide a sophisticated retreat that’s rich in style and substance. Make a booking

For all Event Coordinators during Earth Day Cleanup: We will be giving away two One-Night Stays at the AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown including European Breakfast for two, and complimentary parking. 


Become a sponsor of the annual Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup and help keep Minneapolis a beautiful place to live, work, and play! Earth Day Cleanup 2017 takes place at more than 30 locations throughout Minneapolis. The event has become the largest community-service project in the city attracting 2,000+ volunteers, annually.  There are many ways to become involved as a sponsor, please read the sponsorship packet [PDF] to learn about the sponsorship opportunities for this event.

If you would like to support this event please contact Erica Chua, Community Outreach Event Coordinator at or 612-230-6479.

Individuals and Small Groups

It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2017. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30 am and noon, bring a pair of gloves to pick up trash, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will provide you with gloves (if you did not bring any) and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. Every site has a coordinator available to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have.

Large Groups

If you have a group of 20 or more volunteers looking for a site, please contact Erica Chua at or 612-230-6479 for a list of sites that can accommodate your group.

Cleanup Sites

Bassett's Creek - SE corner of Penn Ave. N. and 1 1/2  Ave. N

Beltrami Park - 1111 Summer Street NE

Boom Island - 724 Sibley St. NE

Brackett Park - 2728 39th Ave S

Bryant Square Park - 3101 Bryant Ave S

Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake Pkwy & 25th St. W

Columbia Park - Columbia Pkwy & 35 Ave NE (playground parking lot)

Creekview Park - 5001 Humboldt Ave. N

East River Parkway - E River Pkwy & Franklin Ave.

Father Hennepin Bluff Park - 100 6th Ave. SE

Fuller Park - 4800 Grand Ave. S

Harrison Park - 503 N Irving Ave

Heritage Park - 10th Ave. N and Van White Memorial Parkway

Kenny/Grass Lake - 1328 58th St. W

Kenwood Park - 2101 Franklin Ave. W

Lake Calhoun East - Corner of W Lake St. & E Calhoun Pkwy

Lake Calhoun West - W 32nd Street and Calhoun Parkway

Lake Harriet - 4135 Lake Harriet Parkway (bandshell parking lot)

Lake Hiawatha - 2701 E 44th St.

Lake Nokomis - 2401 Minnehaha Pkwy. E

Lake of the Isles East - W 27th St and E Lake of the Isles Pkwy

Longfellow Park - 3435 36th Ave. S

Loring Park - 1382 Willow Street

Lynnhurst Park - 1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy

Minnehaha Falls - 4801 South Minnehaha Drive

North Mississippi Regional Park - 4900 Mississippi Drive (meet at the Kroening Interpretive Center)

Pearl Park - 414 Diamond Lake Rd. E

Powderhorn - 3400 15th Ave. S

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park - 4055 Nicollet Ave. S 

Sibley Park - 1900 E 40th Street

Triangle Park - 10th Street between 4th and 5th Ave. between the in-bound and out-bound access ramps to 35W

Theodore Wirth - 3200 Glenwood Ave (Wirth Beach Parking lot)

Waite Park - 1810 34th Ave. NE (near playground off Garfield)

West River Parkway 24th - W River Pkwy & 24th St.

West River Parkway 36th - W River Pkwy & 36th St.

West River Parkway 44th - W River Pkwy & 44th St.

Water Works - 401 1st Street South (set up in Fuji Ya parking lot)

Windom NE - 2551 Hayes St. NE