Jim Price Cleanup Day will be held April 20


Spring has sprung in Gonzales, signaling the start of the annual tradition: spring cleaning. The City of Gonzales is gearing up for the much-anticipated Jim Price Communitywide Cleanup Day, slated for Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Apache football field parking lot, entering on St Paul Street.

Residents of Gonzales are reminded to mark their calendars and prepare to participate. To join in, residents must line up by noon at Tate Street/St. Paul Street and provide proof of residency via a recent utility bill. Accepted items for disposal include trash, batteries, dry paint, bagged yard debris, scrap metal, appliances, and electronics. However, concrete, roofing shingles, large brush, and tires will not be accepted under any circumstances.

The event pays homage to Dr. Jim Price, a beloved figure in Gonzales history. Dr. Price, who practiced general medicine in the town from 1948 until his retirement in 2003, was renowned for his dedication to his patients. He was not only known for delivering numerous Gonzales residents via home births but also for his compassionate house calls and respectful treatment of patients.

Dr. Price's commitment to cleanliness and community spirit was evident in his daily routine. During his morning jog (later transformed into a walk), he would diligently collect litter along the sidewalks of Gonzales, a gesture that caught the attention of many passersby. In honor of his legacy, the city has designated the Saturday closest to Earth Day on April 22 as the "Jim Price Communitywide Cleanup Day" for the past two decades.

Though Dr. Price passed away at the age of 92 in May 2013, his memory continues to inspire the annual community cleanup event that bears his name.

The Beautification and Design Advisory Board is looking for those interested in participating or organizing a team for neighborhood or public area cleanup. Please contact City staff liaison, Tiffany Padilla, to reserve a cleanup area by reaching out to 830-672-2815 or tpadilla@gonzales.texas.gov.