Hundreds turn out for annual clean up day
BATON ROUGE - Different groups and organizations picked up trash on streets of the city for the annual Nehemiah Day.
This year marks 6 years the community wide clean up has been happening and this year more than 150 volunteers showed up.
Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker is the founder of the initiative and said hopefully it will spark economic development for Baton Rouge.
"We're actually hosting a series of developer tours, where they can come in and see how clean the area is. Also identify vacant lots and opportunities for them to come in and develop," said Wicker.
Groups were picking up trash in District 10, along Florida Boulevard, North Boulevard, East Washington St., Scenic Hwy, and 72nd St.
Volunteers who were participating for the first time said they think it's important to keep neighborhoods clean to help build the community up.
"We want to help build a wall, a fortress around this community. And help bring, you know, peace and prosperity back to the community," said Adam Johnson, a volunteer from New Creation Church.
Wicker said she's hoping the developer tours can begin this spring.
Nehemiah Day was one of many community volunteer events associated with GEAUX Big Baton Rouge.