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Annual Pride Day is this weekend throughout county


ELYRIA — Lorain County residents will turn out in force Saturday to help beautify the county as part of the annual Pride Day.

This year, 24 communities are taking part in the event with projects including litter cleanup, spreading mulch, painting fire hydrants and planting flowers.

Brandi Schnell, community outreach coordinator with Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, said the event will run 9 a.m. through noon Saturday.

She said in a news release that the program is part of the Keep America Beautiful program that runs a Great American Cleanup across the country with more than 5 million participants.

The county estimates it will have nearly 2,450 volunteers working on projects this year.

Schnell said this year Marco’s Pizza offered a pizza party for up to 50 people and — because there were so many communities participating — the Solid Waste District held a drawing to see who would get the party.

She said Avon won, but because so many volunteers are expected there, Mayor Bryan Jensen has offered to pay for additional pizza. She said that event will take place at Avon City Hall at 12:30 p.m. for Avon volunteers.

Pride Day began in South Lorain in the 1980s with some small cleanup projects and expanded over the years. It wasn’t initially referred to as Pride Day until much later after the county got involved, according to the news release.

Volunteers also will receive a T-shirt to wear on Pride Day that was designed by Amherst Junior High School student Steven Kukucka. His design beat out nearly 700 other entrants in the contest, Schnell said.

Those looking to participate in Pride Day should contact Schnell at or at (440) 328-2249.


  • Pick up trash throughout the entire historic district
  • Pull weeds throughout the entire historic district
  • Spread mulch in different areas within the district
  • Work at the historic society that is outside of downtown


  • Planting flowers: French Creek District, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Lion’s Club Community Center, Senior Center, Heritage Square gazebo
  • Litter cleanup at Park and Ride, city parks and other locations

Avon Lake

  • Cleanup at Beach Park (York & Electric)
  • Herb garden at Peter Miller House
  • Gazebo at Miller Road Park
  • Wildflower garden at Miller Road Park
  • Cleanup of boat club and beach area
  • Safety Town cleanup by Kiwanis
  • Cleanup at Kopf Reservation
  • Senior cleanup
  • Cleanup at Open Door
  • Cleanup at Miller Road beach area
  • Street cleanups — pick up litter
  • Peter Miller House & Miller Road Park

Carlisle Township

  • Flower beds tilled, planted and mulched at Township Hall
  • Plant flower beds at Township Hall/administrative offices/fire station
  • Removing sticks, debris and trash at Community Park
  • Community Park shelter will be swept, tables prepared for summer

County buildings

  • Cleaning up litter, cigarette butts and excess salt at the Transportation Center, Administration Building and Justice Center
  • Pulling weeds and planting flowers in the planters at Administration Building


  • Ely Park: Mulch flowerbeds
  • Depot Street: Pick up trash
  • Downtown Commons: Pick up trash
  • Broad Street: Pick up trash
  • Fire hydrants: Paint
  • Cleveland Street/Middle Avenue: Pick up trash
  • Finwood Estate: Cleanup, weed flowerbeds
  • River Walk: Pick up trash
  • Pioneer Plaza: Pick up trash
  • City Hall: Pick up trash
  • East Park: Mulch playground, mulch fitness equipment, pick up sticks behind center
  • West Park: Mulch playground, paint garage/bathroom
  • Police station: Plant flowers
  • Fire station (Cedar Street): Plant flowers
  • South Park/North Park/Hilltop Park/Abbe Road Park/Bell Avenue Tot Lot: Clean up park, mulch toys
  • Ford Road: Pick up trash
  • Ely Square flowerbed: Plant flowers
  • Mussey Avenue – West River: Pick up trash
  • Gateway Park: Pick up trash
  • Garden Street Village Homes: Pick up trash

Findley State Park

  • Cleanup scheduled for families, individuals and groups to pick up trash, plant flowers and paint. Meet at the campground shelter for details
  • There will be a hot dog lunch for volunteers after the event

Grafton Township

  • Boy Scouts and baseball members are going to paint the dugouts at Belden Park and the concession stand
  • Much litter needs to be cleaned up on Island Road, south of state Route 303 to Law Road
  • The Belden B’s and G’s 4-H group will clean up (pull weeds, weed eat and rake grass) for the Historical Society at the Veterans Park before Memorial Day parade


  • Planting flowers and working on the landscaping at town hall and village parks
  • Trash pickup at the parks

Huntington Township

  • 4-H group to plant flowers
  • Clean up cemetery, plant flowers
  • Clean up Community Park


  • Memorial Park: Plant flowers; weed and neaten grounds
  • Community Park: Plant flowers, pain/re-stain playground equipment; pick up trash; edge around gardens; mulch trees and flowerbeds
  • State Route 511: Plant flowers at welcome sign; mulch; pick up trash

Lorain, 502 volunteers

  • Eastside Block Watch: Pick up garbage, paint, spread mulch, lay bricks and plant flowers
  • Charleston Village Society: Clean, Eric Barnes Heroes Walk and other areas cleanup and weeding
  • Treasurer/Income Tax Department: Painting of existing structure, grass, leaf and tree branch pickup, washing windows
  • Lorain County Young Democrats: Park litter cleanup; surrounding vacant lot mowing and cleanup. Litter control and land maintenance in area surround railroad tracks. Possible tree planting.
  • Carter Cares and the Boys & Girls Club: Picking up trash on the streets
  • Second Baptist: Litter pick-up, general cleanup and park cleanup
  • Alliance Entertainment 13th Street Volunteers: Our staff, DJs, clients and family will clean up all debris and trash from our property, the street, vacant lots, as well as offer free lawn services to anyone in our neighborhood that are either unable to do it, or do not own proper lawn equipment
  • Flores 2nd Ward group: Tires, couch, box springs etc. cleanup
  • Invest Lorain: Clean up Black River or where needed
  • Lorain city: General cleanup, graffiti removal
  • Caribe Soul Cafe: Pick up debris and tires
  • Lorain International Festival: Cleaning up the alleyway and planting flowers
  • Mitchell J. Fallis: Beautification by placing mulch around 20 trees at Columbus Park
  • Lorain County Workforce Development Agency: Clean up park grounds and around equipment
  • Councilman Angel Arroyo: Litter cleanup and general cleanup
  • Church of the Open Door:
  • Welcome to Lorain signs — Planting flowers at five locations
  • Streator Park (with Next Step, Millennial Group, and Young Dems)
  • Lakeview Park — Plant flowers around the bushes that spell Lorain
  • Downtown Lorain Cleanup — pick up trash, etc.
  • Plant flowers in flower boxes supplied by The National Council of Negro Women
  • Clean up trash, will spread mulch if delivered, plant flowers

New Russia Twp.

  • Roadside litter cleanup
  • Planting flowers
  • Clean up the township cemetery
  • Cookout for residents

North Ridgeville

  • South Central Park: Mulch sign, clean up trash, clean up gazebo including weeding and mulching, clean up tree branches, clean up graffiti, clean up walking trail
  • North Ridgeville High School: Cleanup and planting


  • Planting/cleanup at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park; Vine Street bridge; “Welcome to Oberlin” signs (four different locations), Westwood Cemetery
  • Wright Park cleanup and planting
  • Oberlin High School cleanup by Eco Warriors Enviro Group
  • Oberlin Underground Railroad Center: Container plantings
  • Document shredding, tire collection, electronics collection
  • Pride Week: City Hall cleanup and planting on Friday

Penfield Township

  • All Parks; Township Hall and cemetery: Flower planting and mulching; trash pickup
  • Penfield Township Recycling Center will be open and accepting items
  • Steel recycling
  • Goodwill collection at Township Hall
  • Trash bins and steel recycling provided by Sugar Ridge
  • Lunch for volunteers after event

Pittsfield Township

  • Roadside pickup by Scout Troop 414 members
  • Planting of flowers and mulching at township parks — Pittsfield 4-H Club (service project)
  • Clean-up around park and cemetery areas
  • Garbage bins — three will be located at the township garage

Rochester Village/Township

  • Pride Day mailing and distribution
  • Litter pickup along the roadside
  • Flower planting around town hall/park
  • Pavilion open house: Meet trustees and Village Council; educate on recycling; green address sign registration
  • Collections for car and household batteries, ink cartridges and old cell phones

Sheffield Lake

  • Sheffield Lake Boat Launch/Community Park: Mulch, plant flowers, beach cleanup
  • Nature trail/covered bridge: plant hanging baskets, clean up debris/garbage along nature trail
  • Public Service Assistance: Provide assistance at Service Department to unload vehicles and put into the garbage bins
  • Shoreway Shopping Center: General cleanup of debris, mulch flowerbeds, plant flowers, painting
  • Roadside cleanup

Sheffield Township

  • Walking roadways to clean up litter and debris in high-litter areas
  • Plant flowers at Township Hall
  • Community clean up at fire station


  • Roadside litter cleanup
  • Weeding, planting and mulching at three office locations and cemetery

South Amherst

  • Garbage bins available at the Village Hall
  • Girl Scout Troop 50281 will be assisting the American Legion Post 197 with placing flags at Evergreen Cemetery in honor of veterans
  • Roadside cleanup
  • Members of the Park Board will be cleaning up the park
  • St. John’s United Church of Christ will be cleaning up their grounds and planting flowers
  • Cleanup and planting flowers at Village Hall
  • Prescription medication take back program drop off at South Amherst Police Department
  • A light lunch of hot dogs, salads, desserts and drinks will be provided at Village Hall at 12:30 p.m.


  • Paint graffiti wall
  • East city entrance welcome sign and chamber beds: Weed and mulch
  • East Exchange Park: Mulch East Exchange Park sign and flowerbeds; weed, edge and mulch long bed between Fisherman’s Bend Condos and park; weed, edge and mulch all flowerbeds along the river and the east picket fence
  • Exchange Park: (carefully mulch around newly planted flowers): Mulch behind veterans’ walk benches; mulch in front of comfort station and Exchange Park sign bed; mulch round raised concrete bed
  • Hanover Square: Weed and mulch sign bed
  • Friendship Park: Weed and mulch beds; weed tree rings
  • Sunflower garden. Corner of Liberty and Grand: Stones and debris raked up and removed from the sunflower garden bed along the wall against the ART Scene
  • Police station and court house cleanup
  • Trees west of town: Weed around base of pear trees and maple tree
  • West city entrance sign bed; Weed, edge and mulch sign bed
  • Public parking lot beds at Main Street Beach
  • Mulch sign bed, horseshoe shaped bed, and long bed along brick building rose bushes. Main Street Building — weed and mulch front and side beds
  • Victory Park: Hang 22 flower baskets on historic light posts and across street at auction house and apartment building; weed and mulch various areas
  • Valley View public pool: Weed, edge, and mulch all landscape beds outside fence
  • Berkley Road: Pick up litter along south side of Berkley Road from Drug Mart to Claremont/Showse Park Baseball Hot Stove Fields
  • State Route 2 and Vermilion Road interchange: Pick up litter at all four quadrants; trim sucker growth and deadwood on trees
  • Showse Park: Rake ball diamond and parking lot; pick up litter at tennis courts; rake leaves at tennis courts; weed, edge, cultivate and mulch sign bed; pick up litter throughout park; spread mulch in playground
  • West Breeze Park sign: Weed and mulch around perennials
  • South city entrance: Weed, edge, and mulch sign bed
  • Main Street Beach: cleaning
  • Brownhelm Station: Roadside cleanup
  • Waterworks: Clean up dockside; weed mulch flower bed
  • Railroad wall on West River across from Rotary Park: paint with anti-graffiti paint
  • Paint the East Exchange Fence/Boat Club Fence
  • West Breeze playground
  • Wayfinding signs need painted at all entrances

Wellington Township

  • Cleanup of cemetery
  • Roadside cleanup by 4-H Steer Club

SOURCE: Lorain County Solid Waste Management District

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