DETROIT -- Want to lend a hand to the preparation effort for the All-Star Game but can't volunteer during All-Star Week? The Tigers and the City of Detroit could still use your help cleaning up downtown for the big event. The Tigers and Lions are joining with the city and several other organizations to sponsor the All-Star Super Makeover on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They're looking for about 1,000 volunteers to essentially give downtown a spring cleaning to help make the city look more attractive when it becomes the center of attention during All-Star Week, not to mention make downtown more livable for those who live, work and visit year-round. The area in focus covers about 3.5 square miles from the Detroit River Walk north to Mack Avenue between I-75/375 and the Lodge Freeway. Those are the areas most likely to be traveled by pedestrians and getting to and from the various All-Star Week events. Teams of volunteers will be given responsibility for one of 28 quadrants to remove and paint over graffiti, pick up trash and get rid of pavement weeds, among other things.
The initiative is part of an immense effort to spruce up the city before the big event. The Michigan Department of Transportation as well as Wayne and Oakland Counties will be cleaning up area highways in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Game. Downtown businesses and building owners will do their part to clean up areas around their locations on Thursday, July 7. To volunteer for the All-Star Super Makeover, register at theworldiscoming.com or call 800-338-7648. Volunteer groups of 20 or more people can register by calling Chris Miller at 313-202-1956. Among the local partners in the effort are the Tigers, Lions, the City of Detroit, Motor City Makeover, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Super Bowl XL Host Committee, Downtown Detroit Partnership, DTE Energy, Eight Mile Boulevard Association and Volunteer Impact.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.