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

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.

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Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors

Help us support the Earth Day Clean Up, and the Minneapolis Parks beautification efforts. Earth Day sponsorships allow you to connect with thousands of Twin Cities’ residents and environmentalists while showing your support for our local community. We offer multiple sponsorship opportunities to help you to reach your target audience. Email Erica Chua at or call 612-230-6479 to become a sponsor.

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.

Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors

Become a 2019 Earth Day Sponsor


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 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.

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
  • 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.
  • 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 of the Isles East W 27th St and E Lake of the Isles Pkwy
  • Lynnhurst 1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy
  • Mill Ruins 102 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Minnehaha Falls 4801 South Minnehaha Drive
  • Mueller Park
  • Nokomis 2401 Minnehaha Pkwy. E
  • Pearl 414 Diamond Lake Rd. E
  • Powderhorn 3400 15th Ave. S
  • Triangle Park 10th Street between 4th and 5th Ave. between the in-bound and out-bound access ramps to 35W
  • 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)