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Volunteer cleanup of Fort Wayne downtown river frontage planned Saturday

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Friends of the Parks is still accepting volunteers. Those interested in volunteering can e-mail or call 348-2871 or register the day of the event in the small parking lot on the east edge of Headwaters Park. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will be required to sign a waiver. The cleanup will be held in light rain or shine.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

When volunteers gather 8 a.m.-noon Saturday to clean up Fort Wayne's downtown riverfronts, one group bringing will be the Millennial Leaders Alliance, the leadership body of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership's Millennial 2020 program.

This second annual Revealing Our Rivers cleanup is a partnership among Friends of the Parks, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and the Tri-State Watershed Alliance.

Friends of the Parks of Allen County, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of the parks in the Fort Wayne area, has selected six sites along the riverbanks that volunteers will help prepare for spring and summer. Volunteers will help clean up trees, invasive species such as honeysuckle, tree of heaven and grapevine, trash and other debris left on the downtown riverfronts.

Members of the MLA have volunteered to clean up Guldlin Park during the event. The MLA will be joined by members of the West Central Neighborhood Association and the Mayor's Youth Engagement Council.

In addition to the MLA's cleanup of Guldlin Park, students and teachers from the Crossing Educational Center in Fort Wayne have adopted the riverbanks near the Water Filtration Plant. Additional cleanup locations during Revealing Our Rivers include the Third Street pump station, Headwaters Park West, Harrison Street Bridge heading west toward the historic Wells Street Bridge and Bloomingdale Park East.