Clean Sweep event in Marietta Saturday

ReStore Marietta is looking for a few good men -and women-to help with Saturday’s Clean Sweep event, an annual work party to help keep the downtown business district looking beautiful.

“For the past few years we’ve been hosting a cleanup project for the central business district,” explained Mallory Greenham, executive director of ReStore Marietta. “It just started out as doing a bit of weeding and it grew from there.”

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and both breakfast and lunch will be provided, she said.

Volunteers will meet around 8 a.m. at 200 Greene Street, the location of CNAC Financial Services, but people are encouraged to participate even if they can not work the entire time, added Greenham.

“They can come any time and hop in on a team. You can’t miss us. We’ll be all over the place,” she said.

Last year, around 35 volunteers turned up in the pouring rain to weed mulch and trim, she said. This year, the group is hoping that predicted sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s will entice almost twice that number.

“We’re looking for about 60 volunteers because that is how many it takes to really get it done,” said Greenham.

Five teams will be sprucing up the planting beds on Front and Second streets, along the River Trail, and in the Harmar Village-removing debris, getting rid of weeds, pruning back plants and mulching the beds, she said.

Enhancing the visual appearance of the downtown community is just one of the ways the 501 c3 organization hopes to stimulate the local economy, and it is something that might not get done otherwise, said Greenham.

“This really started off because it wasn’t getting done. Our city is stretched for staff to help at parks and cemeteries. We like to help out where we can and this is within our scope,” she said.

In the past, the cleanup day has made a big difference in the overall appearance of the historic Harmar Village, said Chuck Swaney, owner of FOUND Antiques at 113 Maple St.

“I love the fact that ReStore has taken on this project. It sets a good tone for the rest of the summer. If you start clean, hopefully it stays clean,” he said.

Swaney, who will be leading a volunteer crew in Harmar, hopes to clean up around the restored train cars which rest in a large green space near the Historic Harmar Railroad Bridge. He also hopes to have enough volunteers to do some beautification work on Fort Street and along the railroad tracks.

“For me it’s very important because it’s basically my backyard. I live above my shop so to have my little neighborhood clean and pretty is a great asset,” said Swaney.

Interested volunteers are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring their own gloves or favorite tools if they have them, said Greenham. Gloves and tools will be made available for those who do not have any, she added.

The group is also looking to borrow wheelbarrows and pitchforks. Those interested in lending tools can call the office to arrange a pick-up or drop-off date, she said.

To volunteer or get more information, call ReStore at 885-8194.