Friends of the Hilltop: Operation Hilltop Cleanup

Operation Hilltop Cleanup

Operation Hilltop Cleanup was a Friends of the Hilltop litter removal initiative in partnership with Keep Columbus Beautiful. At least three area cleanups were planned for each year. The goal was to attack blighted, high-profile areas on the Hilltop to clean up litter, collect recyclables, and weed and trim as necessary. Keep Columbus Beautiful provided trash bags, gloves, tools, water, and other necessary supplies. 

Friends of the Hilltop sponsored an annual cleanup as part of our Earth Day/Arbor Day celebrations. This special event was organized as part of Operation Hilltop Cleanup. We typically set aside Earth Day/Arbor Day to clean up highly visible parts of the Hilltop, such as Glenwood Park and Rhodes Park, especially around the "Welcome to the Hilltop" signs and other Hilltop gateway areas. 

Friends of the Hilltop concluded the Operation Hilltop Cleanup Program in 2011 after several years of success under the leadership of Program Chair Sue Laughlin. A new program, the Sullivant Avenue End-2-End Project, was launched in 2012 with the leadership of Jim Lashbrook and Dan Downing. This initiative focuses on developing partnerships and encouraging neighbors along Sullivant Avenue from I-70 to Georgesville Road in an effort to beautify this section of the community.


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Part of the crew at an Operation Hilltop Cleanup event at the Camp Chase Railroad overpass at West Broad Street