Boneyard Creek Community Day

Drains to Creek Medallion

Boneyard Creek Community Day is a way to celebrate and protect our local waterways through cleanup and educational activities.  The annual event which was first held in 2006, is a collaboration between the City of Urbana, the City of Champaign, the Village of Savoy, the University of Illinois and a number of other community groups, organizations and businesses.  More information about the annual event, its partners, its sponsors and volunteer opportunities can be found at the Boneyard Creek Community Day website,

Since 2016, Urbana has staffed a remote cleanup site based at the new Boneyard Creek Crossing park at Griggs Street and Race Street.  The main 2017 event was cancelled due to inclement weather, however, Urbana staff scheduled a smaller cleanup which occurred on Saturday August 5, 2017.

We had 17 volunteers:

  • 1 Photographer
  • 4 “Drains to Creek” medallion installers
  • 12 Creek crawlers

The volunteers:

  • Installed 44 "Drains to Creek" medallions on storm drains
  • Cleaned 2 shoreline miles of the Boneyard Creek (Mathews to Griggs)
  • Collected 2-3 CY of trash

The creek trash included: rebar, steel sign posts, plastic pipe, plastic conduit, a student iCard, realtor signs, construction signs, netting, rope, barbed wire, paper trash, eyeglass case, cigarette butts, metal chair, metal step stool and waterlogged MDF board. It was apparent that most of these items had been in the creek way too long, so the volunteers made a huge difference.

On April 7, 2018, date of the 13th annual event, fifty volunteers bundled up and endured temperatures in the 20s, to remove trash around Leal Park, Boneyard Creek Crossing and the St. Joseph Drainage ditch.  Five cubic yards of trash were collected from 27.8 acres and 1.6 shoreline miles in Urbana.

The 2019 community-wide event will occur on Saturday April 13th, with a rain date on Saturday April 20th.

Here are some photos of Urbana's 2017 Boneyard cleaning crew: 

In the Creek - Photo 1In the Creek - Photo 2In the Creek - Photo 3Approaching Griggs St BridgeBucket Brigade!Trash Collected

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- Last Modified -July 23, 2019 - 11:47am
- Author - BethR