Blythe's first 2020 'Clean-Up Day' set for Feb. 1: Upcoming community effort calls for local support

Blythe's next community Clean-Up Day is currently scheduled for Feb. 1, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., to begin at Todd Park. Notably, one group of local youth along with Blythe MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) standout Tray Black (center right) – from local Adrian's Boxing Gym – spent the day before Christmas in 2019 (Dec. 24) cleaning the I-10 highway's on/off-ramp on S. Lovekin Blvd. as a collective effort toward bettering the town's appearance to visitors and locals alike. (Loaned photo courtesy to the Times/Adrian's Boxing Gym)

Blythe community leadership and officials have scheduled the city’s first Clean-Up Day of 2020 to take place on Feb. 1, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., to begin at Todd Park.

The event serves as a local call to Blythe area community leaders, nonprofit organizations, youth groups, businesses, and residents.

With a slogan of “Our town. Our home. Our responsibility,” the Blythe community Clean-Up Day will serve as an opportunity to underline the importance of keeping area neighborhoods clean.

“Transportation, supplies, and refreshments provided!” states the event flyer.

Notably, one group of local youth – from Adrian’s Boxing Gym – spent the day before Christmas in 2019 cleaning the Interstate 10 highway’s on/off-ramp on S. Lovekin Blvd. as an effort toward bettering the town’s appearance to visitors and locals alike.

“Operation ‘Clean Up Blythe’ was a success. We only got to do the westbound on-ramp to the (I-)10 because it ended up being a lot more work than we thought. It was a lot of trash; but we’re going to stay on it,” noted Adrian’s Boxing Gym owner Adrian Melendrez on social media. “The reason we chose the off-ramp first was because that’s what travelers see first. That’s where they get off and I guess the first impression they get of our city.”

As noted by the City of Blythe, the Feb. 1 Clean Up Day’s supplies and equipment will be provided.

“This year, the City is partnering with the (Blythe) Chamber (of Commerce), the Blythe Community Project, CR&R, Palo Verde Times and Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency. The County of Riverside has also agreed to waive dump fees for trash collected during the event. These Clean-Up Days are dependent on the donation of supplies and equipment and most importantly, community volunteers,” noted the Jan. 14 City Council agenda’s staff report. “Volunteers will meet in Todd Park and be dispatched to various areas of the city in need of trash/debris removal. Transportation will be provided during the event along with the equipment needed for trash removal. The event will last from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers at the conclusion of the event.”

A second Clean-Up Day may be scheduled for later in the year – possibly around Homecoming.

For any questions, inquiries, or information regarding the Feb. 1 event, call the City of Blythe at: (769) 922-6161.

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