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Volunteers Needed For The 24th Annual St. Johns River Celebration

March 12th, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Volunteers are needed for the 24th Annual St. Johns River Celebration cleanup event. Participants will spend the morning collecting litter and debris from 34 pre-selected riverfront and inland sites around the city.

WHEN: Saturday, March 16

Volunteer cleanup: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m./Volunteer appreciation event: noon – 2 p.m. (Riverside Arts Market)

WHERE: Pre-selected cleanup sites are located around the city.

WHAT: As part of the Florida Great American Cleanup, this event is one of  many national and regional volunteer efforts to clean and protect the environment throughout the spring.

This citywide event is an opportunity to bring together residents who respect and love the St. Johns River. Last year, 568 volunteers collected more than 10 tons of bagged litter, debris and tires in one morning at various sites in Duval County. 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 not required.

The event is made possible locally with help from Henry Schein, the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Inland Navigation District and Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation. For more information or to register call (904) 255-8276 or visit www.coj.net, keywords: St. Johns River Celebration or KJB.

St. Johns River Celebration 2019 Cleanup Sites:

Arlington/Beaches – 8 – 11 a.m.

  • Arlington Lions Club Park, 4221-1 Richard Denby Gatlin Road
  • Atlantic Boulevard at the Ocean
  • Beach Boulevard at the Ocean
  • Seagate Avenue at the Ocean
  • Beach Boulevard Boat Ramp, 8508 Beach Blvd., next to All Wet Sports – A personal or rented kayak, canoe or boat is required for this site. Participants use water vessels at their own risk. This site not recommended for children.
  • Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. N
  • Brookview Community Garden, McAleer Road & Rayben Drive (9 – 11 a.m.)
  • Castaway Island Preserve, 2921 San Pablo Road S.
  • Ft. Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road (9  – 11 a.m.
  • Glynlea Park, Meet at Ball field, 6801 Altama Road
  • Mike McCue Park and Boat Ramp, 2510 2nd Ave. N (9 – 11 a.m.)
  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Road – Exception: Volunteers must arrive before 9:30 a.m. to participate.
  • Reddie Point Preserve, 4499 Yachtsman Way

Naval Station Mayport, Jetties Pavilion #3 – 8 – 11 a.m. *Exception: Volunteers must have base access or arrange for base access*

Urban/Riverside Avondale/San Marco/Murray Hill/Springfield – 9 – 11 a.m.

  • Azalea Creek/Boone Park, 3700 Park St.  (8 – 11 a.m.
  • Five Points,   Meet in front of Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St.
  • Hollybrook Park, 319 Cherokee St.
  • Historic Murray Hill, Murray Hill Public Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S
  • Klutho Park, West 2nd St. at Boulevard St.
  • Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave.
  • Northbank Riverwalk at Sydney J. Gefen Park, 505 Alfred DuPont Place
  • River Oaks Park/Craig Creek, 1000 River Oaks Road
  • Yacht Basin Park, 2941 St. Johns Ave.  

Southeast – 8 – 11 a.m.

  • Burnett Park, 3740 Burnett Park Road
  • John Lowe Boat Ramp at Goodbys Lake, 9020 San Jose Blvd. (9  – 11 a.m.)
  • Mandarin Park (Mandarin Boat Ramp), 14780 Mandarin Road

Southwest – 8 – 11 a.m.

  • Curtis Lee Johnson Marina Boat Ramp, 5434 San Juan Ave. – A personal kayak/canoe is necessary to participate in the water-based portion of the cleanup.
  • Ringhaver Park, 5198 118th St.
  • Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp, 4555 Ortega Farms Blvd.  (9 – 12 p.m.) – A personal kayak/canoe is encouraged to participate in the water-based portion of the cleanup.

Northwest – 9 – 11 a.m.

  • Bulls Bay Preserve, 8017 Old Plank Road
  • Moncrief Springs, Castellano Avenue and Helena St.
  • Riverview Park, 9620 W. Water St.
  • Tullulah Park, 383 Tullulah Ave.

North – 9 – 11 a.m.

  • North Shore Park, 7901 Pearl St.

Note: This list is subject to change.

Written and submitted by The City of Jacksonville

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