RiverSweep volunteers help beautify Cleveland by cleaning graffiti, trash

CLEVELAND - Hundreds of students, activists and members of the Cleveland community worked together to help beautify Cleveland by cleaning up graffiti and trash in local neighborhoods Saturday. 

Somewhere between 800 to 1,000 volunteers for RiverSweep, an Ohio clean-up effort that galvanizes individuals for clean-ups the Saturday before Mother’s Day every year, focused on cleaning up graffiti in the Flats, Slavic Village and Tremont May 9.

RiverSweep is a key event that has been put on for 25 years by Canalway Partners, an organization dedicated to creating a park system that promotes historic preservation, and expands recreational opportunities and economic developments, according to the group’s web site.

In 2014’s RiverSweep event, more than 700 volunteers helped remove more than 70 tons of trash. This year, the group focused their efforts on covering and cleaning up about 7,500 square feet of graffiti. 

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