News Release

Project Front Yard’s Beautification Festival, Apr 7-14
Posted: 3/27/2018 4:00 PM

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Project Front Yard will host the second annual GR8 Acadiana Cleanup, an eight day community “Festival of Service” focused on projects that improve the built environment, enhance social fabric, provide environmental education, encourage volunteerism and promote business engagement. 

The Festival of Service kicks off on April 7 and continues through April 14 in coordination with local and regional partners and service organizations including Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA), Acadian Rain Gardens, Bayou Vermilion District, Eco Cajun, Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Planning and Environmental Quality (EQ) Divisions, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, No Waste Lafayette, Project Front Yard – St. Martin Parish, Scenic Lafayette and The705. Project Front Yard will work with these organizations to coordinate daily service projects that can be performed by individuals, businesses and groups alike. 

There are multiple ways that citizens can participate in the GR8 Acadiana Cleanup:

Saturday, April 7:  Social Good Day - In conjunction with LCG’s EQ Division and the Bayou Vermilion District, Project Front Yard will launch the Festival of Service with Trash Bash 2018, a community litter cleanup event from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Beaver Park (500 Fisher Road). The annual litter cleanup event invites civic groups, churches, businesses and individuals to select a roadway, green space or waterway to clean and make litter free. The first 100 volunteers to register will receive a free Trash Bash t-shirt. Food and drinks will be provided to participants upon return to Beaver Park with musical entertainment by Zach Fuselier and friends. 

Sunday, April 8:  River Day – People are encouraged to get out and enjoy beautiful parks near the river using the Project Front Yard Vermilion Paddle Trail map. The trail map is intended to facilitate and enhance enjoyment of the Bayou Vermilion. Users can locate and identify points of interest like recreation areas, boat and canoe launches and businesses, as well historical points of interest for canoeing, kayaking or boating. Beaver, Heymann and Southside Parks are along the river where families can enjoy a relaxing picnic. 

Monday, April 9:  Compost Day – LCG’s Recycling Division will highlight the Dean Domingues Compost Facility, how to compost and the benefits of composting.

Tuesday, April 10:  Education Day – Project Front Yard and LCG’s EQ Division will host a mini-conservation fair in partnership with Lafayette Parish School System and J Wallace James to educate students on the topics of recycling, conservation, wetlands and wildlife. Several local and state agencies will be on site with environmental-focused activities such as stormwater putt-putt, no waste jeopardy, and recycling “what goes where.”

Wednesday, April 11:  Waste Free Day – Eco Cajun creator Caitlin Russo will offer a Facebook Live educational video to discuss why balloon releases are harmful to the environment with a demonstration on alternatives like seed bombs, flower seed packets, and bubble releases. Project Front Yard, along with Leadership institute of Acadiana, No Waste Lafayette and other community members, will offer tips on how to have a waste free lunch for the participants of Lafayette Junior Leadership.

Thursday, April 12:  Public Art Day – Recognizing that Lafayette has many cultural assets, Project Front Yard will highlight projects already completed like LCG’s Storm Drain Art project, installed by local artists. Project Front Yard will highlight the importance of making sure that only rain goes down the drain. Video interviews will highlight the artists, their journeys to becoming artists, and their storm drain art projects. Project Front Yard will work with AcA to identify businesses that are in the process of adopting traffic boxes for the “ArtBox” initiative. Project Front Yard will also unveil the Gnome Nation app at the Showcase of Culture and Technology following the second annual Mayor-President’s parish-wide address, the Robideaux Report.

Friday, April 13:  Planting Day – Project Front Yard, in partnership with Acadian Rain Gardens, will install a demonstration rain garden at City Hall. The community will also be invited to send in pictures and videos of gardens, flowerbeds and trees they have planted in their own yards or neighborhoods.

Saturday, April 14:  Beautification Day –The Festival of Service will culminate with LCG’s semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Day from 8 a.m. until noon at the CAJUNDOME. Project Front Yard, in coordination with Habitat for Humanity, The705 and One Acadiana Ambassadors will volunteer for the paint re-blending station where latex paint will be re-blended and donated to Habitat for sale at the ReStore.

The Festival of Service is a “GR8” community spring cleaning event that coincides with Keep America Beautiful’s “Great American Cleanup.” Entering its 20th year, the Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program with an estimated 50,000 events occurring from spring through fall in more than 20,000 communities across the country. 

All details for Project Front Yard’s Festival of Service can be found at Individuals, groups or organizations interested in signing up for Festival of Service events, can visit the Project Front Yard Facebook page at For more information contact Skyra Rideaux, Project Front Yard Coordinator, at or 337.291.8306.