Downtown Akron is ready for summer visitors, thanks to about 400 volunteers, business owners and city workers who spent the day conducting a general spring cleaning.
You might have noticed the people wearing bright yellow or orange shirts, many of them in need of a good hand-washing after mulching, digging, scrubbing, painting, picking up trash and anything else that looked like it needed attention. Green and Clean is an annual project coordinated by Downtown Akron Partnership and one that's gaining momentum, according to DAP's Communication Director Sharon Gillberg, who says this year's force nearly doubled the number of people who helped in 2012. Gillberg says the key, however, is to keep everything looking nice as long as possible.
"We don't want it to just be a one-day thing," said Gillberg. "If you see something laying the ground, pick it up and keep this going all year long."
Listen to more from Gillberg and see pictures of the volunteers in action:
Of course, not tossing your trash is the first step.
Gillberg says downtown business owners have really embraced the idea, but she thinks a clean downtown is one that is much more likely to attract repeat visitors.
Green and Clean also includes Green Fair, featuring businesses that offer environmentally-friendly products and services.