Annual Creek Clean-Up

Help preserve the Big Creek Watershed for all of us!

We preserve, enhance, and create ecologically important areas at the annual creek clean-up and planting days.






Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9am-noon is the 19th Annual Big Creek Watershed Clean-up.  Volunteers and staff meet in Brookfield Park at 9am and disbursed supplies and instructions before heading off to various sites in the neighborhood. Download the current flier.

All participants need to fill out a publicity waiver in advance or complete it as the copies will be provided at Brookfield Park on event day with a participation & publicity waiver.

Some of the sites include:

  • the creekside behind Walgreens,
  • northside of Bellaire Ave.,
  • Gilmore Avenue,
  • W. 131st storm drainage demonstration lot,
  • W. 13st and Hedgewood Manor, &
  • Milligan Gardens on Milligan Avenue, and
  • McGowan Park.
Background on this annual event:

(Brookfield Park is a lovely greenspace on Brookfield Avenue, just east of W. 130th St. and south of I-71.  Besides picnic benches and a landscaped historical marker for West Park, the creek winds its way through this park.)

Join volunteers young and old in cleaning debris from our Chevy Branch of the Big Creek, which flows to the Cuyahoga River and finally to Lake Erie.    Besides picking up trash, volunteers will also have the opportunity to remove invasive plant species like garlic mustard from targeted watershed locations.

  • Volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeved tops and pants and boots for the clean-up.
  • We will end with pizza and celebrate our creek and our teamwork.
  • Youth will need parent/guardian signatures on both waivers to volunteer.

Year after year, our creeks flow more smoothly thanks to volunteers stream stewards and from: new culverts in several key intersections with streets, stream restoration to natural meanders, native plantings in its banks, and innovative stormwater management projects.

Crawfish, fish, mallard ducks, muskrat, turtle, beavers, and frogs have all been seen in our creek.   Let’s make sure these neighbors find our creek their home for years to come.

If you would like to volunteer on May 31st or throughout the year in the watershed improvement projects, contact Rachel Napolitano at 216-671-2710 ext. 216.