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Local businesses sponsor annual river cleanup

A number of local businesses, both large and small, are sponsoring the 16th annual St. Johns River celebration, a cleanup event. Volunteers are stillneeded to help out in the March 19 event.

Local sponsors of the event include Waste Management; Bank of America; Budweiser/River Network; Southland Waste Systems; HUBBARD Construction Company; CITI Bank; Florida Inland Navigation District; RENDA Broadcasting;  Folio Weekly; Austin Outdoor; Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; All Wet Sports; Coca-Cola; Publix Super Markets Charities; Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.; WJCT; Henry Schein, Inc.; Aquagenix; Blade Buster; Growers Alliance Coffee; Keyboard Connection; Clara’s TIDBITS and Keep America Beautiful.

National sponsors include Rubber Manufacturers Association, SOLO, Scott’s Miracle Grow, Nestle Pure Life Water, DOW, Glad, Keep America Beautiful, Pepsi, Scott’s Miracle Grow, Troy-Bilt, Waste Management, LG, Lowe’s and Wrigley. Promotional Partners include Miss America and Crescent.

Participants will spend the morning collecting litter and debris from more than 20 pre-selected riverfront and inland sites around the city.  A volunteer appreciation celebration will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Arts Market.

Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves and tickets at the locations listed below. Tickets may be redeemed for refreshments and t-shirts (while supplies last) at an appreciation event at Riverside Arts Market following the cleanup. Students can receive community service certificates for their participation.  Participants must be over 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.  Advance registration is recommended, but not required.

Cleanup sites include:

• Urban sites: Warren W. Schell Jr. Memorial Park, 510 W. Sixth St.; Henry J. Klutho Park, 635 Third St.; Hogan Creek (behind Jacksonville Historical Society), 314 Palmetto St.

• Arlington/Beaches: Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. N.; Helen Cooper Floyd Park, 3600 S. R. A1A; Reddie Point Preserve, 4499 Yachtsman Way; All Wet Sports/Beach Blvd. Boat Ramp, 8508 Beach Blvd.; Ft. Caroline national Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Rd. (from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).

• Naval Station Mayport: Jetties pavilion #3 ( volunteers must have base access or arrange for base access).

• Riverside: Yacht Basin Park, 2941 St. Johns Ave. (32205); Northbank Riverwalk, 221 Riverside Ave (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.); Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave.; Riverside Park, 753 Park St.

• Southeast: Hood Landing Boat Ramp, 12925 Hood Landing Rd.; Burnett Park, 3740 Burnett Park Rd.

• Southwest: Azalea Creek/Boone Park, 3700 Park St.; Fishweir Creek, 4000 Block of St. Johns Ave.; Ringhaver Park, 5198 118h St.; Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp, 4555 Ortega Farms Blvd.

• Northeast: Rolliston Park, 7505 Rolliston Rd.; Huguenot Memorial Park, 10980 Hecksher Dr.

• Northwest: Harborview Boat Ramp (northside of Ribault River), 4100 Harborview Dr.; T. K. Stokes Boat Ramp, 2120 Riverview St.; Hollybrook Park, 2805 McCoys Creek Blvd.

• North: North Short Park, 7901 Pearl St.

For more information or to register call 904-630-CITY or visit www.coj.net.


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