Volunteers to clean downtown Saturday

Published 9:38 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Citizens can donate their time and energy this St. Patrick’s Day to make their downtown streets more inviting.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful will launch its “Great American Cleanup” campaign this Saturday morning. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot behind the Godwin Courts building on North Main Street at 10 a.m.

“We’ve had a fair bit of interest, and we should get quite a few people,” Litter Control Coordinator Wayne Jones said in a phone interview. “It looks like the weather is going to be dry and a bit chilly, but nothing horrible.”

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Volunteers will register on site, and students will have the opportunity to earn community service hours.

Public Works will provide grabbers, safety vests, gloves, bags and buckets provided by Lowe’s, plus cleanup maps.

“We’re going to be cleaning East Washington Street and all the side streets, but people are free venture outside of that area,” Jones said.

The cleanup will last for two hours, Jones said. Volunteers can celebrate both their efforts and St. Patty’s Day afterwards at the grand opening of Brick and Mortar Brewing Company at noon at 212 E. Washington St.

“If anybody wants to welcome them to the neighborhood, then it will coincide nicely,” Jones said.

More than 100 volunteers came out for the Love Our City Cleanup organized by Keep Suffolk Beautiful and Suffolk Public Library on Feb. 24.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful is also inviting kayakers, canoers and boaters for its Nansemond River Cleanup on March 31. Lowe’s will host the upcoming Keep Suffolk Beautiful Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day on April 7.

Call 514-7604 or email littercontrol@suffolkva.us for more information.