Volunteers clean up mess made by long winter

Heartside Pride Cleansweep campaign and the Westside Community Clean Up volunteers (April 26, 2014).
Heartside Pride Cleansweep campaign and the Westside Community Clean Up volunteers (April 26, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Aquinas students and Grand Rapids residents came together to make their neighborhoods a little cleaner.

Volunteers with the Heartside Pride Cleansweep campaign and the Westside Community Clean Up were out and about Saturday morning cleaning up the mess left behind by this past winter.

The long, hard winter left behind more trash than usual throughout downtown Grand Rapids neighborhoods.

Heartside Pride Cleansweep campaign and the Westside Community Clean Up volunteers (April 26, 2014).
Heartside Pride Cleansweep campaign and the Westside Community Clean Up volunteers (April 26, 2014).

Volunteers picked up leaves, debris, and garbage from streets and parks of the Heartside and west side neighborhoods. They also did some painting and planted flowers in the area.

A total of eleven groups of volunteers were out doing the hard work Saturday. Organizers say more than 10,000 pounds of trash was expected to be picked up during the clean up.

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