Hundreds gather to clean-up downtown Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Spring cleaning is sweeping Eau Claire, the brooms came out downtown as Downtown Eau Claire Inc. hosted its annual Our City Spring Clean-up event.

Organizations and families alike participated in making Eau Claire a little nicer by picking up trash, planting flowers, washing windows and more, in and around dozens of blocks of the downtown area.

More than 430 volunteers participated to give downtown Eau Claire a good spring cleaning. Volunteer, Linda Cole says she does it for a couple of reasons. Cole says, “It's something that we're passionate about. We enjoy what we do, it's something that our church is really happy to do for our city. It makes things look better and it just feels better when things are clean."

Salina Heller, a co-organizer of the event, says it helps take care of areas that may be looked over.

“It’s little garden areas that wouldn't get planted otherwise, so you see flowers and it’s some areas that wouldn't get tended to and now they're cleaned up," Heller said. "There are areas by the bus station that get cleaned up, we put some fresh rock and some flowers there so it just really spruces it.”

Participants say they have many reasons for getting out and doing the dirty work. Chad and Angela Mceathron say they volunteer to teach their daughter that it’s a good thing to help other people. Sawyer and Tiffany Butterfield say it’s nice to get together with other people and do something as a group to give back to Eau Claire. Mary Clark says it feels good to come together to make and impact as well as teaching her children what it means to be a part of a community.

After the event volunteers gather at Phoenix Park for a thank you lunch.

This is the 8th year Downtown Eau Claire Inc. coordinated with Valleybrook Church to host the event.

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