2023 Spring Litter Cleanup - Time Change
April 1st 2023 (
- 12:45 PM
3/31 Update: DELAYED START TIME DUE TO WEATHER. NEW CHECK-IN TIME 10AM.
3/26 Update: Due to an overwhelming volunteer response, registration for FoRR’s 2023 Spring River Cleanup has now closed.
You may join as a walk-up attendee, but please know that you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt or a free beverage ticket for the afterparty at Southernside Brewing. You must check-in at the FoRR table upon arrival and fill out waivers before participating in the cleanup. Details for each site location can be found below. Thank you!
Join Friends of the Reedy River on Saturday, April 1 from
8:30-11:30am 10am - 12:45pm for our 2023 Spring River Cleanup! In the event of inclement weather, the cleanup will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, April 8.
Please plan to dress appropriately. Wear clothes that can get wet & dirty, and waders or boots if you have them. FoRR will provide all other necessary items such as gloves, trash grabbers, trash bags, tools, etc. We will follow up with additional details about what to expect the week before the Cleanup.
After the cleanup, volunteers will receive a free drink ticket to join us at our Spring Cleanup Afterparty Celebration at Southernside Brewing (25 Delano Drive Unit D, Greenville, South Carolina 29601).
We want to thank our presenting sponsor, Dapper Ink, and our afterparty sponsor, Southernside Brewing Co., for helping us maintain our community's treasure of the Reedy River. We could not do this project without them!
Cleanup Site Locations for this year’s Spring Cleanup:
Travelers Rest (TR Volunteer Info Here)
- Check-in at Trailblazer Park (235 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest, SC 29690)
This location will not have an in-the-water cleanup option. Instead, volunteers will focus on removing litter from the upper-most stretch of our watershed near the headwaters of the Reedy River, but not in the water itself.
Riverside Apartments near Swamp Rabbit Cafe (Riverside Volunteer Info Here)
S. Hudson to Westfield Street, downstream of Unity Park (S. Hudson Volunteer Info Here)
Check-in and park in the parking lot located at 355 S. Hudson St. (behind A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School).
This location’s volunteers will focus on removing litter from the river and the surrounding wetlands on either side of the Swamp Rabbit Trail between S. Hudson Street and Westfield Street (just downstream of Unity Park).
Cancer Survivors Park (CSP Volunteer Info Here)
Check-in just behind the parking lot for Cancer Survivors Park at 44 Cleveland St parking lot, near the intersection of Cleveland St & Ridgeland Drive. Parking is available in this parking lot and overflow parking will be available if needed.
This site will be in the water and on the banks of the Reedy River near Cancer Survivors Park just downstream of Falls Park. This location will also be utilizing a litter-tracking method to quantify the amount and type of litter that is collected.
Woodland Way Corridor (YMCA and First Baptist Gvl) (Woodland Way Volunteer Info Here)
Check-in behind the lowest parking lot at First Baptist Greenville (847 Cleveland St, Greenville, SC 29601) access from E. Faris Road. Parking for this site is at First Baptist, and the cleanup will extend along the Swamp Rabbit Trail behind both First Baptist and Caine-Halter YMCA.
This location will have options for in the water litter cleanup, riverside litter taxiing from the river to the trash pick-up points, and an opportunity to work in the rain gardens between the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Reedy River behind First Baptist Greenville. Plenty of in-the-water and out-of-the-water options are available here.
Log Shoals Road (Log Shoals Volunteer Info Here)
Check-in and park at 210 Log Shoals Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
This site is primarily out of the water and focuses on cleaning the banks of the Reedy in a neighborhood off of Log Shoals Road. There are some tires in the water at this site, so some volunteers can enter the water (up to 3 feet deep) to assist with removal, but most folks will be working along the banks.
Laurens County Site
A site in Laurens County is in the works for a group with Keep Laurens County Beautiful! This cleanup location will not be open for public registrations on the FORR Spring 2023 cleanup registration site as it is being led and organized by our partners at Keep Laurens County Beautiful, but we look forward to fostering our relationships in Laurens County and are excited to host sites in Laurens County during future FORR cleanups.
Please contact us with any questions regarding site information.
Don't forget, in order to ensure that everyone can register for your group’s preferred site, groups of larger than 10 people are advised to register before Wednesday, March 15 (one week after registration opens)!
We will have a registration cap for each site to ensure we don’t put undue pressure on the river or our resources at any one location, so be sure to register before your favorite location fills up! Groups must register each person individually, so have your registration information ready when registration opens on March 8. You will need to provide everyone’s full names, if they’re under the age of 18, email addresses, and t-shirt sizes. Please remember that each person must have their own separate signed waiver. We are working to finalize our cleanup locations and will announce all options between March 1 and 7. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook and Instagram pages to be the first to know more details!
We can’t wait to see everyone at the river soon! Join us after the Cleanup concludes at our Spring Cleanup Afterparty at Southernside Brewing Co.! Volunteers will receive a ticket for a free beverage of choice. We can't wait to celebrate everyone's hard work!
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