The Great Outdoors


We all see it at the side of the road, in ditches, parks and along riverbanks: unsightly trash is visible throughout the City. The City of Fort Wayne is calling on residents of all ages to help with this year’s Great American Cleanup™.

The Great American Cleanup™ is about sprucing up our community, showing our civic pride and coming together to keep Fort Wayne Beautiful.

This year’s Great American Cleanup™ is on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Volunteers are asked to pre-register so that the City can accommodate them with event t-shirts, gloves and trash bags.

Individuals, families and groups can register at, Monday, April 25.

Groups can pick an area or the City can assign them to one of the many locations identified. Once the group has an assignment they usually begin the clean-up process between 8 and 9 a.m. on May 21.

A celebration and post-cleanup party will take place at Headwaters Park West from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, drinks, games and prizes for volunteers.

Last year, nearly 4,900 volunteers collected more than 169,280 pounds of litter and debris from Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods, parks, roadways, trails and riverbanks. Participants cleaned 68 miles of roadways, 33 miles of trails and 22 miles of riverbank during the 2015 event.

The Great American Cleanup™ is the country’s largest beautification and community improvement effort. Nationwide, there were more than four million volunteers last year.

Fort Wayne’s clean-up efforts focus on neighborhoods, vacant lots, trails and greenways, graffiti removal, streets and roads, and our rivers. The event provides a great opportunity for neighborhood associations, church groups, service organizations, youth groups, schools, and all residents to make a difference in their community.

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