Brightside Newsroom

Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside Chase PreDerby Cleanup

Friday April 4, 2008

Mayor Jerry Abramson today issued a call for volunteers to help Louisville “go green and clean” before out-of-town visitors arrive for the Derby at the 11th Brightside Chase Pre-Derby Cleanup, Wednesday, April 23, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

“It’s our annual spring tradition to get our downtown looking clean and green for Derby visitors,” Abramson said. “A record-number of volunteers have worked hard this spring to spruce up neighborhoods and now it’s time to be sure our downtown is looking great. This cleanup builds great civic pride among our downtown businesses.”

Chase is the sponsor for the cleanup by assisting with costs of supplies and T-shirts for volunteers. In addition, free lunch is provided by KFC from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Jefferson Square Park at 6th and Jefferson Streets.

Volunteer crews will pick up litter and weed and mulch tree wells in the downtown area, from Broadway to Main; Preston to Ninth; Downtown green spaces (Jefferson Square Park, Founders Square, etc). Each volunteer receives a boxed lunch, gloves and bags, a T-shirt and other great giveaways.


  • 1:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 – cleanup.
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. - free box lunch by KFC and Yum! Brands
  • 1:30 p.m., Mayor’s kickoff and cleanup starts, Jefferson Square Park, 6th & Jefferson Streets.
  • Rain date is Thursday April 24 (lunch is rain or shine on Wednesday)

Groups must PRE-REGISTER by April 18 to receive free box lunches and t-shirts. We will not be able to serve lunch on demand. Team leaders may pick-up lunch for their team. Register online at www.brightsideinc.org or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

The Pre-Derby cleanup is an annual tradition with over 400 volunteers from downtown businesses who work together to make downtown Louisville look its best for our Derby guests.


Lisa Gunterman, 574-2339 / 216-9251

Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726