The City of Fort Wayne is registering groups now through April 11 for the annual Great American Cleanup scheduled for May 17.

Volunteers of all ages will focus on cleaning up litter and debris from the City’s parks, roadways, trails and riverbanks. The City will provide groups with garbage bags, gloves, t-shirts and flower seeds.

“I would love to have 3,000 people participate in this fun and rewarding event,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “It’s a perfect opportunity to gather family, friends, co-workers, members of your neighborhood association, your faith-based organization, school or any other group to help out in a small way that makes a big difference to our community.”

A post-cleanup party with food, music and raffle prizes will be 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Freimann Square.

Registration forms are available online at the City’s website at or by calling the City Solid Waste office at 427-1345. Registration forms are due April 11.

The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest beautification and community improvement project. It provides a high-profile platform for activities that meet specific local needs, including litter cleanups, litter prevention education, graffiti removal, beautification and community improvement projects, river cleanups, etc. Almost 3 million volunteers nationwide are expected to participate in the 2008 event.

In 2007, more than 3,200 people participated in Fort Wayne’s Great American Cleanup. Volunteers picked up more than 144,000 pounds of litter and debris. They cleaned 42 miles of roadways, 1,300 acres of parks, 15 miles of trails and 19 miles of riverbanks.

The City has hosted the local Great American Cleanup for more than 15 years.

National sponsors for the Great American Cleanup are Honda, Dow Chemical, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Glad, Pepsi, Sam’s Club, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Sprint Foundation, Troy-Bilt, Waste Management and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

Local Great American Cleanup sponsors are Mullinix Packages, OmniSource, National Serv-All, BFGoodrich, Sweetwater Sound, Rolf Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning, Swiss Re, Aunt Millie’s Bakery, Gabbard Environmental and Triple Crown Services.