Clean Sweep



Clean Sweep 2024 photos


Clean Sweep Saturday is held each spring at Innovative Field. Volunteers will gather to collect a free Clean Sweep T-shirt, eat a light breakfast and get their assignments before heading out to project sites in city neighborhoods. Mayor Malik Evans will greet volunteers and pose for a group photo.

Volunteers will also receive a free ticket to that day's Red Wings baseball game, which starts that afternoon. They'll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game and free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts. 

Student volunteers can receive Participation in Government certificates.

Since it was first launched in 2006, tens of thousands of volunteers have participated in Clean Sweep, working alongside City crews to remove winter debris and litter from city neighborhoods. Volunteers also plant flowers, prune trees and perform other neighborhood beautification projects. City crews also remove graffiti, clean City-owned properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes. 

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance by calling 311 or using the Clean Sweep registration form, but everyone is welcome to join the day of the event, too!

Please wear appropriate clothing, including hard-soled shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if possible.

What to Expect 

  • Volunteers park free during Clean Sweep and the game in the Oak Street lot. Transportation is provided from Innovative Field to projects and back.
  • Come in the main entrance and find your group or join a project.
  • Pick up your free t-shirt, coffee, juice, muffins and danish.
  • Take a seat in the stands for Mayor Malik Evans welcome and the group photo.
  • Buses leave Innovative Field at 9 a.m.
  • Work gloves, tools and bags are provided at each job site.
  • Buses bring volunteers back to Innovative Field for the game.
  • All are welcome. Call 311 (585-428-5990) to report a special need. 

Clean Sweep is community in action! 

  • Reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
  • Do some team-building with your neighborhood association, church group, school group, club, team, family or civic organization.
  • Get volunteer credit (ex: for Participation in Government class).
  • Residents can take advantage of Clean Sweep, too. Place yard debris at the curb and a City crew will soon come by to retrieve it.
  • City crews remove graffiti, clean City properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes during the event.