A Neighborhood Cleanup was born in the East Loveland Nature Preserve, a wooded trail that lies in my backyard, and along the O'Bannon Creek in Loveland, Ohio.


The idea for it came from a summer afternoon walk with my mother and our two dogs while we walked along the trail and kept seeing more and more litter. Growing up, my dad always taught my brothers and I to pick up trash when we see it, especially when it is on our home street or the places we love to hang out. This thought process encouraged by my dad turned into a volunteer effort that anyone in their community could and should be a part of. 


The first cleanup day was August 17, 2019 where friends and family of mine helped to clean up parts of the East Loveland Nature Preserve, the Loveland Bike Trail, and the rope swing along the Little Miami River. I designed the poster seen to the right with a photo of a plastic bottle found on the summer afternoon walk with my mom to my favorite spot along the creek that I have walked to throughout my whole life. 


With support from Loveland Magazine as well as close friends and family, we kickstarted this volunteer effort.


If everyone cleaned up their own neighborhoods and the places they call home, the world would be a cleaner place — this is why A Neighborhood Cleanup was created.

The original poster created for the 'A Neighborhood Cleanup's first official cleanup day: August 17, 2019.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers cleaned up the Loveland rope swing and the surrounding trails alongside the Little Miami Scenic & National River on June 2, 2020 in Loveland, Ohio.


On the morning of Tuesday, June 2nd, while kayaking down the river with my father and my brother Jacob, we stopped to jump off the rope swing. As I climbed the tree where the rope swing hangs, two loveland police officers walked up the trail holding an already cut down swing in their hand and making their way to cut down the main swing that I was about to jump off. While talking to them, we found that they had received numerous complaints from concerned parents in the area after their kids had been fighting, littering, and causing trouble down around the river and at this rope swing.


I told the officers about ‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ and the growing message that the cleanup carries with people who genuinely care about the places where we live and the places where we enjoy hanging out. I told them about how the effort started last summer, with its first official cleanup day on August 17th, 2019 — where, with the help of my parents and friends, we cleaned up parts of our town including: the East Loveland Nature Preserve, the Loveland Bike Trail, and this same rope swing area as we encouraged others to do the same in their own neighborhoods.


The officers decided not to cut down the rope swing that morning and to reconsider their options, but they did say they were going to come back later in the day to decide whether they would cut it or leave it. After finishing our morning kayaking, I posted a photo that my dad took of the river with a message explaining what had happened at the rope swing to the @aneighborhoodcleanup instagram account and made a group message with 20 of my friends who I know care about the effort. A few minutes later, I had multiple responses from friends who said they would help out and at 1:30pm that same day, we met at Betty Ray Park with a box of large trash bags and latex gloves. When we walked to the swing with trash bags in our hands, we were met by about 15 kids from various communities around the area who were enjoying the rope swing. Within minutes of showing up and explaining the situation, a handful of the people there grabbed trash bags and started helping with picking up the litter.



With about 15-20 people coming together to pick up the littered bottles, cans, boxes, and rusty metal, the rope swing area only took about 20 minutes to clean. Those who helped carried the 10 or so full trash bags to the dumpster found at the edge of the Betty Ray Park parking lot near the entrance of the rope swing trailhead. Before moving on down the river to continue cleaning, we tied a trash bag to a tree limb along the rope swing trail to encourage people who visit to throw their trash in.


By Friday, June 5 while walking on the bike trail my dad and I noticed that the rope swing was still hanging from the tree and the empty trash bag left alongside it was now full.


To anyone from the Loveland community and the communities in the area who visit these beautiful nature preservations — please urge your children, your friends, your family, and yourself to respect these areas and to carry your trash out when you leave. Even if the trash isn’t yours, be the change that you want to see in your community and start making a difference — it’s amazing to see how others will do the same.


Thank you to everyone in Loveland who helped clean up and who continues to support ‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’. Our efforts made a difference in saving the rope swing and hopefully together as a community we can keep the river and the places we love clean.


*published in Loveland Magazine



‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers Elijah Suttschenko, Alex Schefft, Ian Fields, and Joey Fields carry trash bags full of litter picked up along the Little Miami River rope swing in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. This rope swing is a popular spot in Lov

Volunteers Elijah Suttschenko, Alex Schefft, Ian Fields, and Joey Fields carry trash bags full of litter picked up along the Little Miami River rope swing in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. This rope swing is a popular spot in Loveland where people hang out in the summer, though is often riddled with litter left by some who visit.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteer, Joey Fields, holds a trash bag full of litter picked up around the rope swing area, while someone jumps off the swing and into the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. Fields and 9 other ’A Neighborhood

Volunteer, Joey Fields, holds a trash bag full of litter picked up around the rope swing area, while someone jumps off the swing and into the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. Fields and 9 other ’A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers, along with about 15 bystanders who were hanging out at the rope swing joined the effort to clean up the rope swing area.

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An empty trash bag hangs onto the limb of a tree by ‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers to encourage others to cleanup trash in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. The trash bag was tied to a tree limb along the trail from Betty Ray Park to the Little Miami R
An empty trash bag hangs onto the limb of a tree by ‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers to encourage others to cleanup trash in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. The trash bag was tied to a tree limb along the trail from Betty Ray Park to the Little Miami River-side rope swing where visitors can easily throw their trash in, rather than leaving litter on the ground or in the river.
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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteer, Joey Fields, reaches to pick up trash off the ground across from the Loveland Bike Trail and alongside the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. The rope swing cleanup was completed in about 20 minutes w

Volunteer, Joey Fields, reaches to pick up trash off the ground across from the Loveland Bike Trail and alongside the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. The rope swing cleanup was completed in about 20 minutes with the help of 20 or more volunteers, which allowed plenty of time to continue down the river to pick up more trash.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers Riley Hamil, Ian Fields, Graham Davis, Joey Fields, Laine Dannemiller, and Megan Korniak  fill bags with trash found alongside the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. After cleaning up the rope swing a

Volunteers Riley Hamil, Ian Fields, Graham Davis, Joey Fields, Laine Dannemiller, and Megan Korniak fill bags with trash found alongside the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. After cleaning up the rope swing area, volunteers continued southbound down the riverside to another hang out spot riddled with litter.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers Ian Fields and Elijah Suttschenko throw trash bags filled with litter found alongside the Little Miami River into a dumpster at the edge of Betty Ray Park’s parking lot in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. About 10-15 tra

Volunteers Ian Fields and Elijah Suttschenko throw trash bags filled with litter found alongside the Little Miami River into a dumpster at the edge of Betty Ray Park’s parking lot in Loveland, Ohio on June 2, 2020. About 10-15 trash bags full of litter found at the rope swing and other trails alongside the Little Miami River were thrown away into this dumpster, which sits on the edge of Betty Ray Park’s parking lot where people who visit the trails walk by when visiting.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers picked up litter in the woods alongside O’Bannon Creek and Cones Road, next to the Loveland bike trail and the Little Miami River on Saturday, June 13 2020.


Since summer has begun, more and more people in and around the community have been visiting the Little Miami River and wooded areas around Loveland. Unfortunately, these naturally scenic spots are becoming unnaturally littered with trash left by some who visit.


Thank you to members of the Loveland community including: Caelan Quigley, Ian Fields, Elsa, Lukas, and Jim Kriz, Graham, Lori, and Billy Hartman, Laine and Colleen Dannemiller, Elijah Suttschenko, Joey Fields, Remi George, Riley Wiseman, Jalen Greiser, and Jennifer and Dan Timmerman who joined the effort to help beautify this wooded area by picking up litter left behind by others.


This effort is designed for anyone and everyone to come out and help this common issue in our community. These areas are all of our neighborhoods, and it is our responsibility to keep our neighborhood clean when others decide not to. Please help by spreading the message of keeping these areas we love clean for everyone to enjoy!


If you are interested in joining the effort, follow our instagram @aneighborhoodcleanup or join our Facebook group, A Neighborhood Cleanup.  
‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteer, Caelan Quigley, picks up trash alongside O’Bannon Creek near Nisbet Park and Cones Road on Saturday June 13th, 2020 in Loveland, Ohio. This spot along the river has become popular with community members and litter since

Volunteer, Caelan Quigley, picks up trash alongside O’Bannon Creek near Nisbet Park and Cones Road on Saturday June 13th, 2020 in Loveland, Ohio. This spot along the river has become popular with community members and litter since the beginning of summer.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers, Elsa, Lukas, and Jim Kriz pick up litter alongside O’Bannon Creek on Saturday, June 13th 2020. Kriz and his kids Elsa, 10, and Lukas, 13, discovered the cleanup from a Facebook post.

Volunteers, Elsa, Lukas, and Jim Kriz pick up litter alongside O’Bannon Creek on Saturday, June 13th 2020. Kriz and his kids Elsa, 10, and Lukas, 13, discovered the cleanup from a Facebook post.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers spread out to pick up litter and help the effort alongside O’Bannon Creek on Saturday, June 13th 2020.

Volunteers spread out to pick up litter and help the effort alongside O’Bannon Creek on Saturday, June 13th 2020.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteers, Graham and Billy Hartman, and Dan Timmerman look for trash on the banks of O’Bannon creek in the woods along Cones Road and the Loveland Bike Trail on Saturday, June 13 2020 in Loveland, Ohio.

Volunteers, Graham and Billy Hartman, and Dan Timmerman look for trash on the banks of O’Bannon creek in the woods along Cones Road and the Loveland Bike Trail on Saturday, June 13 2020 in Loveland, Ohio.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteer, Jennifer Timmerman, picks up a littered bottle along Cones Road and the Loveland bike trail on Saturday, June 13 2020. This spot has become a popular place for people to park their cars and head into the woods, then usu

Volunteer, Jennifer Timmerman, picks up a littered bottle along Cones Road and the Loveland bike trail on Saturday, June 13 2020. This spot has become a popular place for people to park their cars and head into the woods, then usually leaving their trash on the ground when they leave

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteer, Joey Fields, walks along the Little Miami River looking for trash along the end of the trail where we had cleaned up on Saturday, June 13 2020. This part of the woods is visible by kayakers and canoers who float down th

Volunteer, Joey Fields, walks along the Little Miami River looking for trash along the end of the trail where we had cleaned up on Saturday, June 13 2020. This part of the woods is visible by kayakers and canoers who float down the river, and is often plagued with litter.

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‘A Neighborhood Cleanup’ volunteer, Remi George, walks towards twelve or so trash bags filled up with litter found alongside O’Bannon Creek and the Little Miami River near Cones Road and the Loveland bike trail on Saturday, June 13 2020.

Volunteer, Remi George, walks towards twelve or so trash bags filled up with litter found alongside O’Bannon Creek and the Little Miami River near Cones Road and the Loveland bike trail on Saturday, June 13 2020.

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Trash bags full of litter found alongside O’Bannon Creek and the Loveland bike trail sit in the back of our truckbed before being thrown away into Betty Ray Park’s public dumpster on the opposite side of the Little Miami River on Saturday, June 13 2020 in
Trash bags full of litter found alongside O’Bannon Creek and the Loveland bike trail sit in the back of our truckbed before being thrown away into Betty Ray Park’s public dumpster on the opposite side of the Little Miami River on Saturday, June 13 2020 in Loveland, Ohio.
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