It’s been a tough few weeks for Irvington’s front door, so now’s the time to show it a little love. We need an army of volunteers to fan out across Washington Street and Ritter Avenue, and there’s a simultaneous cleanup along the Pennsy Trail.

Everyone is welcome to help us put a little shine on our main corridors! In order to help our friends with the Halloween Festival get the place looking spiffy for a few thousand friends, we’ll pick up litter along the streets and sidewalks. In the streetscape gardens, we’ll fill in some bare areas where the plants have died off. The replacement plants are courtesy of our good friends at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and our own Irvington Garden Club. If we have time and hands, we’ll tackle the weeds growing in the bricks along the Ritter Avenue leg of the Pennsy.

IDO’s Streetscape Cleanup

We’ll meet in the library parking lot (5625 East Washington Street) for coffee and Hart’s delicious donuts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, then set off in teams. No experience necessary, but if you have your favorite work gloves, litter grabber, a wheelbarrow, and a hand trowel, go ahead and bring them. And this will take place rain or shine! So prepare accordingly. Sunscreen or slickers. Or both. Questions or to sign up for the streetscape cleanup, contact or 317-260-0669.

Pennsy Trail Cleanup

And the Pennsy Trail cleanup is a service project being organized by a local student who attends Shortridge High School, Kristin Steiner. She calls it a CITO, “Cache In, Trash Out,” so it will be part cleaning up and part geocaching. They will meet at The Mug parking lot at 10 a.m. to noon and work their way down to the Plaza. Trash bags and bottled water will be provided. Please bring trash grabbers if you have any; disposable gloves and bug spray are always helpful and highly recommended. They will clean approximately one mile of the trail. There are restrooms and parking nearby. Questions or to sign up for the Pennsy cleanup, contact Kristin.