Blacks Run Clean Up Day

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Annual Blacks Run Clean Up Day and Arbor Day Tree Planting

Get a group together, or your family, or just yourself, and join us on April 13, 2024, for the Annual Blacks Run Clean Up Day and Arbor Day Tree Planting event.

Day of Event Details:

Beginning at 9:00am - Visit the Green Scene, in the grassy lot beside Turner Pavilion, to gather your Cleanup Day materials, and enjoy visiting booths with environmental experts from around the area. You will be given a Green Scene Passport upon arrival. Check off all Green Scene Passport locations and enter your Passport in a Raffle for a prize! The Green Scene Passport winner will be announced at the Pizza Party at lunchtime.

The prizes don't stop there! After visiting the Green Scene, you will journey to your cleanup location. During your cleanup, participate in our Social Media Photo Contest! There will be a prize for individuals who photograph the following:

  • Most Enthusiastic Group
  • Largest Item
  • Largest Group
  • Weirdest Object

To participate in the Social Media Photo Contest, you may do one of the following:

  • Tag @harrisonburgpublicworks on Facebook
  • Tag @hbgpublicworks on Instagram
  • Use the hashtag #BRCD2024 on your Facebook or Instagram post

11:30am - 1pm Pizza Party

After you have completed your cleanup, join us back at the Green Scene for the lunchtime Pizza Party. All registered participants will receive free pizza! Turn in your Green Scene Passport for a chance to win a Raffle prize!

After Blacks Run Cleanup Event 

Receive a special participant voucher at the Green Scene, visit with participating Downtown Breweries/Cideries/Cafes during open hours on Cleanup Day, and receive discounted brews and other exciting Blacks Run Cleanup Day specials. Specials so far include:

  • Hibiscus Blonde Ale BRCD specialty brew plus $1 off any pint on tap at Brothers Craft Brewing 
  • The closest brewery to the BRCD Green Scene, offering $1 off pours at Pale Fire Brewing Company
  • Harrisonburg's newest wine bar, offering $1 off glass or flight of wine or 10% off to-go bottles of wine at Rootstock Wine Bar VA 
  • A Clean Up Day After-Party, offering 50% off your first cider, plus even better deals if you sign up to be on the Sage Bird Clean Up Team at Sage Bird Ciderworks 
  • Brewmaster Nick serves up the release of the Elderberry Blonde Ale specialty brew for Blacks Run Clean Up Day at Three Notch'd Brewing Company 
  • The new coffee shop in town, offering $1 off specialty coffees and 25% off their coffee flights at Drifters Cafe 

To register to participate in the 2024 Blacks Run Cleanup Day event, visit 

Can't make it on April 13?  Blacks Run always needs some TLC. Get a small group together and schedule a day for your volunteers to clean up a section of Blacks Run.


How much trash has been collected during past events? View Blacks Run Clean Up Day statistics from past years through the Stream Clean Up Dashboard.


Interested in being a sponsor, displaying at the Green Scene, or have general or registration questions?  

Contact Wes Runion, Environmental Specialist, at or 540-820-0089. 

All volunteers need to complete and return the Liability and Photo Release Statement PDF logo [114KB] prior to the event on April 13, 2024.

Parental or Guardian Liability & Photo Release form PDF logo [104KB]



If you or your organization are interested in participating in a clean up at any other point during the year, please contact Public Works at or 540-434-5928