Group cleanup event on Grand River held days before ArtPrize kickoff

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With ArtPrize kicking off in just a matter of days, the Grand river is getting a little cleanup.

The 11th annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup took place on Saturday along the river.

Hundreds of people volunteered their time, wearing matching t-shirts and carrying trash bags.

The cleanup was organized by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. The group said that this year their focus is keeping trash away from storm drains,  adding that substances like motor oil if poured in a storm drain, goes directly into the Grand River.

“I’ve spent a lot of my personal time walking up and down the river and enjoying it, so it’s great when we welcome visitors to ArtPrize for example, to know that we’ve done our job to welcome them by cleaning it up,” said Ruth Kelly, Grand Rapids City Commissioner.

After the cleanup, volunteers were treated to live music and plenty of pizza.

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3 comments

  • Jane Doe Disgruntled

    I’m actually pretty offended by this article. The Grand River Clean Up has nothing to do with making ArtPrize look good. It’s about environmental action and the importance of maintaining our natural resources. The Grand River Clean Up is a HUGE COMMUNITY ENDEAVOR. This year there were 1,000 volunteers; and over the last decade we’ve pulled over 100,000 pounds of trash out of the Grand River. This article is shallow and misinformed, poorly composed, and can hardly even call itself news.