On Saturday, July 20, a team of 24 adults and 6 student registrants gathered around the staging area at the old Hawkins Market (future Habitat for Humanity ReStore) in the “South Town” district of Medina to clear trash and debris from over three city blocks of Champion Creek from South Huntington Street past South Broadway Street to Spokes Café.
Volunteers from the community as well as our partner agencies from the City of Medina, Rocky River Watershed Council, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Medina Soil and Water, and SustainED cleared about 20 bags of trash, 12 bags of recyclable material … and some unusual items (mattress, carpet, piping, fireworks, folding chairs, and clothes) from the creek banks, despite an earlier storm that muddied the swollen stream. The most interesting item removed was a set of dumbbell weights found by Brayden Placek. Brayden received a gift certificate.
Main Street Medina sponsored the event with food donations from GetGo, Keller Meats, Gionino’s Pizzeria and Papa John’s Pizza. The City Parks Department donated supplies, a dumpster and port-a-john. First Aid was provided by the Medina Life Support Team and Medina Fire Department Rescue. SustainED (www.sustainedohio.org) provided water jugs and recycling bags. Rocky River Watershed Council (www.myrockyriver.org) provided supplies and materials on keeping our communities and waterways clean and lawn signs to volunteers that commit to sustainable environmental practices.
The Champion Creek and South Town Cleanups are expected to become annual events. However, the most important measure we each can take is not to pollute public land and waterways. You can learn more and register to volunteer online at www.mainstreetmedina.com/south-town-cleanups. Thank you to our volunteers and donors for a successful event!
Champion Creek is part of the Rocky River Watershed (RRW). RRW Council lawn signs will be displayed along the designated cleanup route. All trash collected will be recorded and entered into a database for improving ocean and waterway health.