Downtown Macon cleanup set for Saturday

Volunteers still sought for work

jgaines@macon.comNovember 16, 2012 

Anyone who thinks downtown Macon could use a bit of cleaning up has a chance Saturday to do something about it.

Main Street Macon and the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission are sponsoring a cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon, starting from Cherry Street Plaza in front of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. And they’re still taking volunteers.

“We’re expecting, I think, about 30 people,” said Mechel McKinley, Main Street Macon manager. “(At) our last cleanup in June we had about 30 people, so I’m expecting about the same number.”

A group of Mercer University students and some people from the Daybreak center have committed to coming, along with a few others, she said.

Participants will be picking up litter, removing graffiti, taking down old posters and cleaning storefront windows, McKinley said.

“One of our big projects is that we’re going to be pressure-washing along Fifth Street to get ready for the Christmas parade,” she said.

They’re focusing on Cherry, Poplar and Mulberry streets, but the more volunteers they get, the farther they can go, McKinley said.

People are asked to bring their own gloves and drinking water, and dress for the weather. But trash-grabbers, garbage bags and weed killer will be provided, she said.

Volunteers can show up at Cherry Street Plaza on Saturday morning or call McKinley at 803-2436 for more information.

To contact writer Jim Gaines call 744-4489.

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