Cleanup events will be held at various locations throughout Kingsport, and volunteers are needed to pick up trash, remove debris and help with beautification efforts. Civic, school and church organizations, scout troops, businesses, families and individuals have been among volunteers for past events.
“This is an excellent opportunity for folks who enjoy biking, walking, or jogging on the Kingsport Greenbelt or kayaking and fishing on the Holston River to come out and help maintain these beautiful community recreation sites,” Keep Kingsport Beautiful Director Robin Cleary said. “It’s also a great opportunity for students who are looking for community service hours for honors programs and scholarship requirements, particularly Tennessee Promise and TN/VA Scholars students.”
Clean Sweep Kingsport is part of the nationwide Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup program, held annually from March 1 through May 31. Locally, it is coordinated by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, with cooperation and support from Kingsport Public Works.
Neighborhood groups/associations, churches, schools and businesses are encouraged to organize a cleanup event in their neighborhood and contact KKB to receive free supplies. Trash bags and gloves will be provided to volunteers at all of the cleanup events.
The Clean Sweep Kingsport schedule includes:
• The Downtown Kingsport Cleanup, sponsored by Domtar. Downtown businesses and individuals are encouraged to join Domtar employees and the Downtown Kingsport Association to clean up and beautify downtown Kingsport.
The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot at the corner of New and Clay Streets. Chef’s Pizzeria will be providing volunteers at the Downtown Kingsport Cleanup with pizza at noon.
• The Greenbelt Cleanup is sponsored by Eastman Credit Union and Indian Path Medical Center. Volunteers should meet at the Greenbelt entrance adjacent to PetSmart. Community volunteers will work along the 11-plus miles of the Greentbelt from 9 a.m. to noon. The high volume of rain over the winter months has resulted in a large amount of litter and debris along the banks of Reedy Creek, which runs along a considerable portion of the Greenbelt.
“If you have waders, bring them,” Cleary said.
• Holston River/Riverfront Park Cleanup, sponsored by BAE Systems. BAE employees and volunteers will work along the Greenbelt bordering the Holston River at Netherland Inn Road from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at the Rotherwood Access Point near the Netherland Inn Road bridge.
• Lynn Garden Community Cleanup. Students, parents and faculty of Kennedy Elementary School will work to clean up and beautify the Lynn Garden community. Volunteers should meet at Kennedy Elementary. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.
Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the city of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Keep Kingsport Beautiful has won more than 65 national, state and environmental awards. Its mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.
For more information on volunteering, with scheduling a Clean Sweep Kingsport event or other Keep Kingsport Beautiful events, call (423) 392-8814 or e-mail [email protected]