Volunteers Needed for 13th Annual St. Johns River Celebration

March 11, 2008  

Volunteers are needed for the 13th annual St. Johns River Celebration cleanup event. Participants will spend the morning collecting litter and debris from more than 20 pre-selected riverfront and inland sites around the city.

WHEN: Saturday, March 15;Volunteer cleanup: 8-11:30 a.m. (Exceptions: Ft Caroline National Memorial and All Wet Sports/Beach Boulevard Boat Ramp, see below.) Volunteer appreciation event: noon-2 p.m.

WHAT: Part of the Florida Great American Cleanup, this event is one of many national and regional volunteer efforts to clean and protect the environment throughout the spring. Jacksonville's city-wide event is an opportunity to bring together residents who respect and love the St. Johns River. Annually, approximately 1,000 volunteers work at more than 20 sites and collect more than 35,000 pounds of marine debris and hundreds of tires.

Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves and tickets at the locations below. Tickets may be redeemed for refreshments and t-shirts (while supplies last) at an appreciation event following the cleanup. This event provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Scouts may earn badges for two volunteer hours at the cleanup (while supplies last). Participants must be over 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is not required.

WHERE: Pre-selected sites around the city, locations below

Urban

o Kennedy Center, 1133 Ionia St.

o St. Nicholas Shoreline, vicinity of Palmer Terrace at Call Street

o Warren W. Schell Jr. Memorial Park, 510 W. Sixth St.

o Henry J. Klutho Park 635 Third St.

o Confederate Park, 956 Hubbard St.

Arlington/Beaches

o Ft. Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road (Please note that this cleanup will be from 9-11:30 a.m.)

o Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. N.

o Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Road

o Helen Cooper Floyd Park (formerly Little Jetties), 3600 S.R. A1A

Southeast

o Hood Landing Boat Ramp, 12925 Hood Landing Road

o River Oaks Park, 1000 River Oaks Road

o Burnett Park, 3740 Burnett Park Road

o Goodby's Creek Boat Ramp, 9145 San Jose Blvd.

o All Wet Sports/Beach Boulevard Boat Ramp, 8508 Beach Blvd.

§ Please note that this cleanup will be from 9 a.m.-noon. A personal kayak, canoe or boat is required for this site. Participants use water vessels at their own risk.

· Southwest

o Azalea Creek/Boone Park, 3700 Park St.

o Fishwier Creek, 4000 block of St. Johns Avenue

o Ringhaver Park, 5198 118th St.

o Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp, 4555 Ortega Farms Blvd.

· Northwest

o Harborview Boat Ramp (north side Ribault River), 4100 Harborview Drive

o Northshore Park, 7901 Pearl St.

o T. K. Stokes Boat Ramp, 2120 Riverview St.

· North

o Oceanway Community Center and Park, 12215 Sago Ave.

The event is sponsored locally by Advanced Disposal Services, All Wet Sports, Anheuser-Busch, Bending Branches, Coca-Cola, CITI, Consolidated Box, HSBC, JEA, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, Publix Super Markets, Southland Waste Systems, Vistakon, Waste Pro of Florida, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. and WJCT

National sponsors include DOW, Firestone, Glad, Honda, Keep America Beautiful, Pepsi, Sam's Club, Scotts Miracle Grow, Sprint, Troy-Bilt, Waste Management and Wrigley.

For more information or to register call (904) 630-CITY or visit www.coj.net, keywords: St. Johns River Celebration.