Clean it up

Volunteers help Keep Southport Beautiful during annual clean-up day, removing 2 1/2 tons of debris

Chin Community of Indiana had nearly 35 volunteers. *Submitted photo
Pictured, Ross Barton of Beech Grove, June Stanley of Southport and Austin Barton. The boy scouts help with June’s yard every year.

Eighty-four volunteers joined Keep Southport Beautiful Day on April 15, cleaning up trash and debris across the city. More than 2 1/2 tons of debris was taken to the dump, removed from the park, city streets and area residences.

Joining the day was Boy Scout Troop 120, Girl Scout Troops 917, 97 and 192, Southport High School Cyber Cards, Chin Community, GSBA members, residents and friends of Southport.

“The idea is to get the community involved, meet your neighbors, meet friends,” said Duane Langreck, clean-up coordinator.

Volunteers put in 298 hours on Saturday.

Rick Petrecca of Southport shovels overgrown weeds off of a Southport street.

Upcoming Southside Clean-up events

Gray Park Clean Up

What: Greater Southside Business Alliance collaborates with Indy Parks and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for this clean-up. Gray Park is a 7.8 acre nature retreat located at Southport Rd. and Sherman Dr. with a walking path and trail along Little Buck Creek.

When: April 22, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Gray Park, Southport Road and Sherman Drive, Indianapolis.


Restore Old Town Greenwood, Inc.

What: Gloves and trash bags will be supplied. Rain date will be May 6.

When: April 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: City Center, 300 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood


University Heights Neighborhood Association

What: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has again provided with tall, hardy flowers to put along the University Heights Community Park chain link fence. Volunteers will get them in the ground. UIndy students already dug up some of the dirt, and Beech Grove students worked in the park April 19. Once these plants are established, they should be able to keep themselves alive unless there is a bad drought.

When: April 29, 9 a.m.

Where: University Heights Neighborhood