LIMA — If you see a spot in Lima that’s in need of cleaning up, a picture may be all it takes.
As Lima prepares for the spring, Lima-Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership began planning neighborhood cleanups. One way to focus efforts on the right places is to get the public’s help, with people posting photos and street names for places that “you think are just disgusting” to post on facebook.com/LACNIP.
“We don’t see all the places driving outside the neighborhoods that the individuals see as they’re driving through them to get home,” said Jessie Roark, president of Lima-Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership. “We would like to be able to send individuals to these specific spots to make sure that they get cleaned up.”
Organizers also announced Wednesday that the annual Ottawa River Cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, in a different locale from normal, with people receiving assignments at the City of Lima Streets Department, 900 S. Collett St., Lima.
Cleanups around Lima are starting off Saturday:
• The Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Association will kick things off with its cleanup starting with volunteers meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 400 E. Eighth St., Lima. After they’re done, they’ll also have an Easter egg hunt, prizes and refreshments.
• Northside Neighborhood Association will start its cleanup at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Edible Forest, 719 N. Metcalf St., Lima.
• Lima Neighborhood Association will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17 in Town Square, intersection of Main and Market streets, downtown Lima.
For the Ottawa River Cleanup, Roark hopes to set a record for volunteers after last year’s event shrunk when it was pushed from April to September. The volunteer record is 486 people, and she said organizers are aiming for 500.
People can preregister at lacnip.org/registration, which guarantees a free T-shirt, lunch and supplies to clean along the river. On April 24, people will stay in their cars and receive their assignments where they will work. You can show up the day of the event and register to help, but the process will move smoother if people preregister, Roark said. People shouldn’t arrive prior to 8:30 a.m.
“This is one of the events that has been going on for about 25 years now, and we’re just excited to bring it back,” Roark said.