Date & Time

Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:30 am-noon


Multiple sites throughout Minneapolis
See Get Involved below


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

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

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! 

If you participated in this event we are seeking feedback, and what we can do to improve the event in the future, please take just five minutes and complete a survey:

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


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 2016 up takes place at more than 40 locations throughout Minneapolis. The event has become the largest community-service project in the city attracting 2,000+ volunteers, annually.  

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 2016. 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 Park - SE corner of Penn Ave. N. and 1 1/2  Ave. N
Beltrami Park - 1111 Summer St. NE
Boom Island - 724 Sibley St. NE - *Bee Run at 9 am and clean up at 9:30 am
Brackett Field 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 
Dairy Queen - 4719 Lyndale Ave. N
East River Pkwy - E River Pkwy. & Franklin Ave. 
Farview Park - 621 29th Ave. N 
Father Hennepin Bluff Park - 100 6th Ave. SE 
Gold Medal Park - 2nd St. and 11th Ave. S
Heritage Park/Sumner Field Park - 10th Ave. N and Van White Memorial Pkwy.
Kenny Park - 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 St. and Calhoun Pkwy.

Lake Harriet - 4135 Lake Harriet Pkwy., Band Shell parking lot
Lake Nokomis - 2401 Minnehaha Pkwy. E
Lake of the Isles East - W 27th St. and E Lake of the Isles Pkwy.
Loring Park - 1382 Willow St.
Lynnhurst Park - 1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy. 
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park - 4055 Nicollet Ave. S  
Pearl Park - 414 Diamond Lake Rd. E 
Powderhorn Park - 3400 15th Ave. S 
Riverside Park - 2700 8th St. S
Sibley Park - 1900 E 40th St.
Triangle Park - 10th Street between 4th and 5th Ave.
Theodore Wirth Park - 3200 Glenwood Ave. (Wirth Beach Parking lot)
W River Parkway 17th - W River Pkwy & 17th St. 
W River Parkway 24th - W River Pkwy & 24th St. 
W River Parkway 36th - W River Pkwy & 36th St.
W River Parkway 44th - W River Pkwy & 44th St.
Waite Park - 1810 34th Ave. NE (near playground off Garfield) 
Water Works - 401 1st St. South (set up in Fuji Ya parking lot)