Date & Time
Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:30 am to noon
Multiple sites throughout Minneapolis See Get Involved below
This event is free and open to all ages No registration required
5K Bee Run
Join us on Saturday, April 20 at Boom Island Park for a fun run/walk that supports the creation of a pollinator pathway along the Mississippi River. Dogs are welcome!
- REGISTRATION opens at 7:30 am
- KIDS RUN starts at 8:30 am
- FUN RUN/WALK starts at 9 am
- RIVER CLEANUP starts at 9:30 am
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.
2018 Earth Day Results
Thank you to the Minnesota Lottery, Continental Cement, Budget Dumpster, Friends of Lake Hiawatha and the Westminster Presbyterian Church for sponsoring the 2018 event and to all of our volunteers for coming out and making the clean up a huge success. Here are the numbers:
- 501 volunteers
- 4,700+ pounds of garbage collected
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.
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 2019 takes place at more than 30 locations throughout Minneapolis. The event has become the largest community-service project in the city attracting 1,800+ 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 EChua@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6479.
Individuals and Small Groups
It’s easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2018. 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.
If you have a group of 20 or more volunteers looking for a site, please contact Erica Chua at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-230-6479 for a list of sites that can accommodate your group.
- 29th Ave and Midtown Greenway 29th Ave and Midtown Greenway
- Bassett’s Creek SE corner of Penn Ave. N. and 1 1/2 Ave. N
- Bde Maka Ska East Corner of W Lake St. & E Calhoun Pkwy
- Beltrami Park 1111 Summer Street NE
- Boom Island 724 Sibley St. NE
- Bryant Square Park 3101 Bryant Ave S
- Cedar Lake Cedar Lake Pkwy & 25th St. W
- Columbia Columbia Pkwy & 35 Ave NE (playground parking lot)
- Creekview 5001 Humboldt Ave. N
- East River Pkwy E River Pkwy & Franklin Ave.
- Elliot Park 1000 E 14th St.
- Father Henn Bluff 100 6th Ave. SE
- Folwell Park 1615 N Dowling Ave
- Heritage Park/Sumner Field 10th Ave. N and Van White Memorial Parkway
- James I. Rice Park W River Parkway (N 4th Ave)
- Kenny/Grass Lake 1328 58th St. W
- Kenwood 2101 Franklin Ave. W
- Lake Harriet 4135 Lake Harriet Parkway, Band Shell parking lot
- Lake Hiawatha 2701 E 44th St.
- Lake of the Isles East W 27th St and E Lake of the Isles Pkwy
- Longfellow Park 3435 36th Ave S
- Loring 1382 Willow Street
- Lynnhurst 1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy
- Mill Ruins 102 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
- Minnehaha Creek W, Minnehaha Parkway and W.Minnehaha Parkway
- Minnehaha Falls 4801 South Minnehaha Drive
- ML King 4055 Nicollet Ave. S
- Mueller Park 2509 Colfax Ave. S
- Nokomis 2401 Minnehaha Pkwy. E
- Pearl 414 Diamond Lake Rd. E
- Powderhorn 3400 15th Ave. S
- Merywn Triangle Park E Franklin Ave & 26th Ave S
- Sibley 1900 E 40th Street
- Steven’s Square Park 1801 Stevens Ave
- Theodore Wirth 3200 Glenwood Ave (Wirth Beach Parking lot)
- Triangle Park 10th Street between 4th and 5th Ave. between the in-bound and out-bound access ramps to 35W
- W River Pky 24th W River Pkwy & 24th
- W River Pky 36th W River Pkwy & 36th
- W River Pky 44th W River Pkwy & 44th
- Waite Park 1810 34th Ave. NE (near playground off Garfield)
- Whittier 425 W 26th St
As a thank you for Earth Day volunteers, participating breweries and coffee shops will be offering free and discounted beverages to those that contribute to clean up efforts.
- Corner Coffee
- Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
- Bauhaus Brew Labs
- Eastlake Craft Brewery
- Boom Island Brewing
- 612 Brew
- Lakes and Legends Brewery
- Utepils Brewery
- Modist Brewing
- 56 Brewing