Clean Sweep 2020

Coronavirus Response Update: The City of Rochester has canceled this year’s Clean Sweep, which was scheduled to take place on May 9, 2020. Learn more>>

Clean Sweep 2020


Clean Sweep Saturday will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday May 9 and begin at Frontier Field. Volunteers will gather to collect a free Clean Sweep t-shirt, eat a light breakfast and get their assignments before heading out to project sites in city neighborhoods. Mayor Warren will greet the volunteers and pose for a group photo.

Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day's baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. They'll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts.

Student volunteers will receive Participation in Government certificates.

Since it was first launched in 2006, more than 30,000 volunteers have participated in Clean Sweep, working alongside City crews to remove winter debris and litter from city neighborhoods. Volunteers also plant flowers, prune trees and perform other neighborhood beautification projects. City crews also remove graffiti, clean City-owned properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes. 

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance by calling 311 or using the Clean Sweep Registration form , but everyone is welcome to join the day of the event, too!

Please wear appropriate clothing, including hard-soled shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if possible.

What to Expect 

  • Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at Frontier Field (map).
  • Volunteers park free during Clean Sweep and the game in the Oak Street lot. Transportation is provided from Frontier Field to projects and back.
  • Come in the main entrance and find your group or join a project.
  • Pick up your free t-shirt, coffee, juice, muffins and Danish.
  • Take a seat in the stands for Mayor Lovely A. Warren's welcome and the group photo.
  • Buses leave Frontier Field at 9 a.m.
  • Work gloves, tools and bags are provided at each job site.
  • Buses bring volunteers back to Frontier Field for the game.
  • All are welcome. Call 311 (585-428-5990) to report a special need. The Center for Disability Rights brings volunteers each year. Call 546-546-7510 to learn more.

Clean Sweep is community in action! 

  • Reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
  • Do some team-building with your neighborhood association, church group, school group, club, team, family or civic organization.
  • Get volunteer credit (ex: for Participation in Government class).
  • Residents can take advantage of Clean Sweep, too. Place yard debris at the curb and a City crew will soon come by to retrieve it.
  • City crews remove graffiti, clean City properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes during the event.
  • Meet and work alongside Mayor Warren, City Council members and community leader.

Clean Sweep 2018 was a huge success! More than 3,000 people and members of the Rochester Red Wings showed up to get our city cleaner, greener and ready for spring! Thank you! View photos from the day here>>