RELEASE: Do the #trashtagSTP challenge at Saint Paul’s 33rd annual Citywide Spring Cleanup!


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April 2, 2019

Clare Cloyd
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Saint Paul’s 33rd annual Citywide Spring Cleanup set for April 27

City encourages participation in the #trashtagSTP challenge

SAINT PAUL – Saint Paul’s annual Citywide Spring Cleanup returns on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., and this year, volunteers are encouraged to participate in a new viral challenge!

The annual Citywide Spring Cleanup unites community volunteers to remove a winter’s worth of trash from Saint Paul's parks and neighborhoods. As part of the new #trashtag challenge that’s sweeping the internet, the City of Saint Paul is asking participants to post before and after photos of areas they have cleaned up using #trashtagSTP on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

 “The #trashtag challenge isn’t just about broadcasting your good deeds on social media,” said Tricia Wehrle, Volunteer Coordinator for Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. “By sharing before and after cleanup photos, you’re showcasing how easy it can be to make a positive impact in a short amount of time. We’re giving this global challenge a local twist with #trashtagSTP and hoping folks will use the hashtag to encourage their friends and neighbors to help make a difference here in Saint Paul.”

Tens of thousands of people around the world have cleaned up polluted areas and then shared the photos to social media using #trashtag to inspire others to follow suit.

To participate in the Citywide Spring Cleanup, volunteers can drop by any of the sites below anytime between 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on April 27 to register and pick up their equipment and refreshments (while supplies last).  The sites and site hosts are as follows:

  • Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary - Lower Phalen Creek Project
  • Carty (People's) Park - Summit-University Planning Council
  • Cherokee Picnic Pavilion - Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
  • Como Lakeside Pavilion - Speedway
  • Frogtown Park and Farm - Frogtown Green
  • Hamline Park - Friends of Hamline Park and Hamline Midway Coalition
  • Highland Picnic Pavilion  - College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors St. Paul, MN
  • Indian Mounds Picnic Pavilion - National Park Service and Mississippi Park Connection
  • Phalen Picnic Pavilion - JCI St Paul
  • Swede Hollow Park - Urban Roots
  • Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary - North End Neighborhood Organization
  • Willow Reserve - North End Neighborhood Organization

Although pre-registration is not required, residents and groups interested in volunteering are encouraged to do so at

The City of Saint Paul would also like to note that this event does not collect unwanted household items. Information on drop-off events for household items can be found here

About Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages over 170 parks and open spaces, AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 26 city-operated recreation centers, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, municipal golf courses, and Great River Passage – which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. For more information on Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, visit