Cleanup Events

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a grant to the MACC to support beach and river cleanups in Ottawa and Allegan Counties. This project is in partnership with Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, the Ottawa Conservation District, Hope College, the ODC Network, the Allegan Conservation District and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council. Partners will hold volunteer beach and river cleanups throughout Ottawa and Allegan County over the next couple years. Each partner will organize and run their own events and the MACC will post the full list with registration links. As events are completed, we will also report the results.

Currently Scheduled Events

Date & Time: September 12, noon-2pm
Location: Dunton Park, 290 Howard Ave, Holland
Host(s): MACC and ODC Network
Registration is required

Date & Time: September 26, 10am-12pm
Location: Tunnel Park, 66 Lakeshore Drive N, Holland
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: September 26, 1-3pm
Location: Historic Ottawa Beach, 2278 Black Lake Avenue, Holland
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 3, 10am-12pm
Location: Kirk Park, 9791 Lakeshore Dr N, West Olive
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 3, 1-3pm
Location: Olive Shores, 8555 Lakeshore Dr N, West Olive
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 10, 10am-12pm
Location: North Beach Park, 18775 North Shore Dr, Spring Lake
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 10, 1-4pm
Location:
Rosy Mound Natural Area, 13925 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven
Host
: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 24, 10am-12pm
Location: Tunnel Park, 66 Lakeshore Drive N, Holland
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 24, 1-3pm
Location: Historic Ottawa Beach, 2278 Black Lake Avenue, Holland
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 31, 10am-12pm
Location: Kirk Park, 9791 Lakeshore Dr N, West Olive
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Date & Time: October 31, 1-3pm
Location: Olive Shores, 8555 Lakeshore Dr N, West Olive
Host: Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Registration is required

Special Events

Information for CityServe Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering to pick up litter in the Macatawa Watershed! We greatly appreciate your commitment to helping keep our watershed and waters clean! We suggest that you focus on the following parks:

  • Holland State Park, 2398 Ottawa Beach Rd
  • Dunton Park, 290 Howard Ave
  • Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Dr
  • Stu Visser Trails, 929 Ottawa Beach Rd
  • Windstrom Park, 1774 Perry St

Overall, our goal is to remove litter and keep it out of the water. You can remove litter directly from the water, but also from the land (especially parking lots!) so it doesn’t end up in the water. You are welcome to visit other public beaches or parks around Lake Macatawa, but avoid trespassing on private property unless you have permission. Alternatively, you can also cleanup the storm drain inlets in your neighborhood. If you live in the Holland/Zeeland area, your storm drains end up in Lake Macatawa, so even by picking litter up in your neighborhood, you keep it out of the water. After you pick up litter, please deposit it in a trash receptacle at the park. If none is available, please take it home and put in your own trash.

Since we are tracking information about trash pickups, we ask that you fill out a quick survey to report how many hours you spent and what you collected: https://forms.gle/yuWMUYcNoVvKypV69

The form includes a percent breakdown of material collected per trash bag, so keep track as you go (eg. 70% plastic, 10% glass, 10% paper, 10% metal). All you really need is a trash bag and some gloves, though a grabber tool and 5-gallon bucket may also come in handy.

Contact Kelly at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council if you have any questions: kgoward@the-macc.org or 616-446-4397 (call or text). If you need trash bags and disposable gloves, you may stop by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s Office on Friday, October 2, from 1-6pm, or you can make arrangements with Kelly to pick them up at another time.