Residents and local organizations opened Indy Do Day Thursday breaking a Guinness World Record for largest display of chalk art. About 500 people drew more than 4,000 feet of chalk art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
It was one of many activities opening the three-day city cleanup effort, which started 10 years ago as an Eli Lilly Incorporated Day of Service. Lilly employee Rick Cartwright says he’s proud of the work that they’ve done.
“They've put in a lot of hours uh donated a lot of hours to the community to plant trees, to clear brush, just to beautify the whole city uh I've been doing this for 10 years now,” Cartwright says.
The corporate day of service became a public event four years ago, when the Rotary Club of Indianapolis created Indy Do Day. Executive director Kelly Tingle says it’s growing, they had about 17,000 volunteers last year.
“This year our goal is to engage 20,000 volunteers over the three days of Indy Do Day,” Tingle says.
Tingle says they also hope to engage 200 organizations this year. She says the new chalk art effort celebrates growth and works to attract more attention for next year.
The cleanup effort focus on the 36-mile Indianapolis Cultural trail, from 86th street to Garfield Park.