The Brewery District Merchants Association is sprucing up its neighborhood with a cleanup.

The group, which is working with Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Green Team from WWCD-FM (102.5), will lead volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.

Participants can register at

"Essentially, when they go and sign up they can pick a preferred zone," said Sam Linn, owner of Spartan IT and president of the merchants association.

Linn said the association is trying to divide the volunteers into groups so most of the area -- roughly bounded by High Street, Whittier Street, Short Street and East Livingston Avenue -- is covered.

Participants don't need to bring anything but some enthusiasm, he said, because Keep Columbus Beautiful will provide supplies.

"They just need to just bring themselves and make sure they're dressed appropriately for the activity -- closed-toe shoes, jeans, things like that," Linn said.

Whereas most of the Brewery District is considered relatively clean by most urban standards, there are few problem spots, he said.

"Especially after the winter snow and rain and all that stuff, debris and littler tend to collect in areas," he said.

"And there are problem areas that we're going to target that have just been dirty."

Jim Ellison, co-owner of Columbus Brew Adventures and vice president of the Brewery District Merchants Association, said it's a good opportunity for people to get involved.

"The are two purposes for this cleanup: one is to clean up the neighborhood, and two, to get businesses, residents and anyone in the community to do something positive for the neighborhood," Ellison said.