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More than 200 volunteers to focus cleanup efforts in Kennedy King neighborhood

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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Aliya Wishner
Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett – City of Indianapolis
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More than 200 volunteers to focus cleanup efforts in Kennedy King neighborhood
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, City of Indianapolis to host annual Great Indy Cleanup Focus Neighborhood event to clean one of Indy’s major gateways

INDIANAPOLIS – (October 17, 2017) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host approximately 200 volunteers this Saturday in the historic Kennedy King neighborhood as part of the October Great Indy Cleanup. Volunteers will pick up trash, remove invasive species, and add native plants with a focus on the Kennedy King Connection, the 17th Street corridor that connects the Monon Trail to Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Park | 1702 College Ave, Indianapolis, IN

VISUALS: More than 200 volunteers will meet for breakfast and project registration at 8:30 a.m. in the pavilion at MLK Jr. Park. Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett will greet and address volunteers around 9:15 a.m. Then volunteers will collect tools and supplies and branch out into the community to begin projects at 9:30 a.m. Projects will vary from location to location, but work will center on 17th Street between MLK Jr. Park and the Monon. Work will last until roughly noon.

The Kennedy King neighborhood was selected as KIB’s 2017 Fall Focus Neighborhood at a public selection event in November 2016. Kennedy King leaders completed an application and presented their case to the community.

“This year’s Fall Great Indy Cleanup will take place in the Kennedy King neighborhood – a special place in in our community, anchored by a park that marks a moment of true unity within our city,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Events like the Great Indy Cleanup remind me just how strong our community can be when we come together as One City, working toward the betterment of all who live in Indianapolis.”

A citywide effort to beautify and strengthen our communities, the Great Indy Cleanup is a partnership between KIB and the City of Indianapolis. Last year, more than 13,000 Great Indy Cleanup volunteers collected 979 tons of litter. From April through October, residents can apply for a community cleanup that KIB will support with cleaning supplies, dumpsters and other resources.

The Great Indy Cleanup is made possible by generous donations from the City of Indianapolis, Kroger, Republic Services, South Side Landfill, Clif Bar Baking Company and First Financial Bank. For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city or to learn how you can help, please visit www.greatindycleanup.com.

 

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. Annually, KIB works with nearly 20,000 volunteers on nearly 900 community projects. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @kibiorg.

 

About the Kennedy King Neighborhood Association

The Kennedy-King Neighborhood Association is a nonprofit organization that’s honoring its historic, rich past and embracing a vibrant, promising future. The Kennedy-King neighborhood is comprised bordered by 16th Street to the south, 22nd Street to the north, the Monon Trail to the east, and Central Avenue to the west.

 

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