"I would highly recommend helping out to anyone who loves Detroit and keeping it beautiful.”
Mike Tokarz

Belle Isle hosts an annual spring clean-up event on Earth Day. This year, on April 22, Wayne State’s P.E.A.C.E. Journals organization is planning a trip to the park.

The spring clean-up consists of volunteers coming together and picking up their assigned area of the Belle Isle park, and it’s an event that lasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the Belle Isle Spring Clean Up website.

The clean-up spans across the entire island, so if someone is going by themselves, with their family, or with a small group, all they must do is show up in the morning at the Flynn Pavilion where they can register. After registration, they will be assigned a specific site to clean.

Cleaning will include raking, sweeping, picking up garbage and gathering leaves. People at Belle Isle ask volunteers to bring their own rakes and working gloves as they have some supplies, but it’s first-come-first-serve and they are not unlimited.

Also, volunteers should keep in mind to dress for the weather and to wear clothes they don’t mind getting a little dirty in.

“It's a great community event where everyone who loves and cares for Belle Isle can come pick up garbage, rake leaves, and tend to the canals on Earth Day," said Giselle Gaitan, vice president of P.E.A.C.E Journals and marketing and media arts major. "Last year, we went and we got to take care of the old zoo. It was a beautiful day. Afterwards, they provided us with lunch. I would highly recommend helping out to anyone who loves Detroit and keeping it beautiful.”

Those interested in going to the Belle Isle Spring Clean Up with P.E.A.C.E. Journals can email waynestate@peacejournals.com to RSVP.

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