Program keeps downtown free of trash, weeds and debris

Mother and daughter Judy and Kamyia Macon and Stephen J. Bailey cleaning on Laffayette Street.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Downtown Fort Wayne looks a little cleaner, thanks to a dozen volunteers. This group of people spend a Saturday once a month addressing various areas of the city’s downtown.

The program, Clean and Green, picks up litter, weeds and debris in effort to keep the downtown environment clean and safe.

“We want people to get the right impression of downtown as soon as they enter in. So, this is something that we always try and target- gateways. Downtown is everybody’s neighborhood. It doesn’t matter from what neighborhood you travel to, downtown is the place you can feel like you’re part of it and that you have neighbors that are happy to see you,” Downtown Improvement District’s Director of Environmental and Business Services Frank Howard said.

Saturday’s project focused on a three-block radius on the southeast side of downtown. Around 300 people volunteer with Clean and Green Volunteers.

To get involved with the program, visit the group’s website at

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