Kansas City Cleanup 2023

Tons of Trash
Tons of Tires

Riverfront Park, Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, April 15th, 2023

Kansas City - here we come! We are hosting a Missouri River cleanup out of Riverfront Park, just a couple miles downstream of Kansas City's skyline. We had found plenty of trash the last cleanup here in 2021, with our biggest find being a tire dump of over 200 tires... shaped like flowers! (See more here about 2021 the KC Cleanup Results). A large effort was required to remove all of those tires, and now we need your help with everything we might find this time around. See below for more details. We hope you can make it!

Check out our Flickr album from the 2021 Kansas City Riverfront Cleanup!

Cleanup Details

Cleanup Headquarters
Riverfront Park (NOT Berkeley Riverfront)

River Front Rd & N. Monroe Ave, Kansas City, MO 64130

Saturday, April 15th, 2023
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and volunteers will return to the boat ramp anywhere from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

Registration is full

Volunteer Information

What to bring

Dress in layers for changing weather conditions and prepare for cold weather. We will be there rain or shine! Wear work-appropriate clothing. Long pants are strongly recommended. Sturdy shoes or boots are required; no flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed on boats. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle and snacks to tide you over until lunch. Always expect muddy conditions.

What you get

Volunteers will receive a free Big Muddy boat ride, cool t-shirt, trash bags, gloves, life jackets, and a reusable water bottle. Lunch will be provided and will be waiting for you when you get back to the boat ramp between 11:30 - 12:30.

Come prepared

Check out our Know Before You Go page to see answers to frequently asked questions and what to expect.

If you are bringing a child under 18 you are not the legal guardian of, make sure to download, print and obtain a signature on our minor risk release form. Adults and minor accompanied by legal guardians will sign risk release forms during on-site registration.

What's next

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Two weeks before the cleanup you will receive an email from us with some additional information. The week of the cleanup you will receive an additional email from us with any additional information you need to know, including weather and river conditions. If you are not receiving emails from us, make sure to check your junk folder.

Event Extras

When you return to the boat ramp, there will be two activities you can participate in:

Trash Contest - make sure to bring your best trash find back with you to compete for a prize. Get creative! You and others will put your finds up against each other and the crowd will decide which one is the best. There will be numerous prizes. 

Missouri River Explorer Badge Program - designed for ages 5 to 18. The badge is gained upon the completion of the Activity Card, which includes participation in activities and events that fall under the three tenets of the river. Explore, Learn and Protect. Stop by the booth to earn your badge!


Riverfront Park (NOT Berkeley Riverfont)

Here is a Google Pin for the location -

From I-70

  • Take I-435 North. 
  • Take Exit 57 at Front St. 
  • Take a left onto Front St. 
  • Take a right onto N. Chouteau Trafficway. 
  • Take your last right before crossing the bridge - there should be a sign for Riverfront Park. Take an immediate left on the frontage road. 
  • Take a left onto Riverfront Rd (and go under the bridge). 
  • Take a right into the Riverfront Park gate at the top of the levee (with wooden gate). 
  • Veer left at the Y. 

From Downtown KC

  • Take I-670 E
  • Use the left lane to take exit 2N to merge onto US-71 N towards I-29 N
  • Merge onto I-70 W/US-71 N
  • Keep right to continue on US-71 N, follow signs for I-29 N/I-35 N
  • Continue onto I-29 N/I-35 N/US-71 N and take exit 4 to merge onto E Front St.
  • After a mile, keep left to continue on River Front Dr.
  • In 0.5 miles you will take a slight left onto N Monroe Ave (entrance to the park)
  • Veer left at the Y

A Big Muddy Thank You to our Event Sponsors:

Contact Lisa Cole to become a sponsor of this event

Sponsorship Brochure (pdf)

"Captain" Event Sponsors

"Pilot" Event Sponsor

"Engineer" Event Sponsor


"Deckhand" Event Sponsor

Bryan and Linda Johnson
GFL EnvironmentalMissouri Department of Conservation

In-Kind Sponsors

Event Partners

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