Operation Fresh Start

postponed from july 20 due to cleanup from hurricane barry. new date to be announced soon!

Operation Fresh Start July 20 2019 (1)

you can make a difference

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is hosting the next installment of Operation Fresh Start. The Saturday community-led clean-up and beautification events are followed by a week of City-Parish DPW crews focusing on clearing trash, cutting grass, eliminating blight, and improving corridors throughout the parish.

Citizens interested in volunteering for clean-up and beautification efforts in our community are encouraged to “Embrace A Place." The following clean-up locations are accepting volunteers:

  • Downtown: City Hall, 222 St. Louis Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Spanish Town: Spanish Town Market, 701 Spanish Town Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 
  • Mid City: The Destiny Center, 546 S. 15th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Eden Park: Meet at Star Hill Baptist Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  • Plank Road: Meet at New Creation Church, 1934 Scenic Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Gardere: Meet at Hartley/Vey Park in Gardere, 1702 Gardere Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
  • Scotlandville: Meet at Mane Attraction Barber Shop, 1808 Kaufman St., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
  • Baker: Meet at the Municipal Building (Baker City Hall), 3325 Groom Road, Baker, LA 70714

Click here to volunteer to help clean up one of these sites.

If you or your organization are interested in leading cleanup and beautification of a site in your community, please sign up here.


combatting blight

Operation Fresh Start is part of the Mayor-President’s comprehensive strategy to combat blight in East Baton Rouge Parish. The effort was kicked off in 2018, and is held quarterly at various locations throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. Operation Fresh Start has yielded the following results for the community:

  • Disposal of over 400 tons of trash and debris from our community
  • Removal of over 6,300 illegally dumped tires
  • Removal of over 3,100 bags of litter
  • 171 potholes filled
  • Removal of over 34,000 pounds of broken concrete
  • Removal of 140 illegally placed signs

For more information, please contact Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Rowdy Gaudet at rowdy@brla.gov.


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