Earth Day event in Utica aims at building community spirit and pride

City Wide Cleanup being held in Utica this weekend in honor of Earth Day.

Posted: Apr 21, 2018 4:57 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2018 7:16 PM

Utica, N.Y. - City of Utica Urban Renewal Agency Marketing Director Gene Allen is a lifelong resident of the Cornhill section of the city and he's been organizing cleanup days for about the past four decades in that part of the city.

Allen says during the past 15 years, the cleanup day has been connected to Earth Day which each year falls on April 22nd, so here on April 21st and April 22nd, Allen is once again looking for volunteers to help spruce up the city in the annual City Wide Cleanup which is part of the Great American Cleanup and Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful.

On Saturday Allen had dozens of volunteers show up on James St. to get cleaning supplies, then spread out through different areas of the city to take part in.

Allen says his love for the city began at an early age, "My senior year of high school for my Eagle Project I put together a crew to clean up Proctor Park, so I’ve been doing neighborhood cleanup’s the majority of my life it feels like."

If you are interested in volunteering on Sunday in Utica, you can call Gene Allen at (315) 534-4328.

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