Following Cavs celebration, Cleveland gets dressed up for RNC

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Less than a month ago, Cavaliers fans took over Cleveland to celebrate the team's first championship. Right after the parade was over, the cleanup began. (WPVI)

Less than a month ago, Cavaliers fans took over Cleveland to celebrate the team's first championship.

Right after the parade was over, the cleanup began.

"It was minimal of any kind of damage that was done," said Cleveland Director of Public Works Michael Cox.

Crews had to replace some portable toilets and bus shelters, but mostly everything else was left untouched.

"They've been all been taken care of, it's replaced. The town will be more beautiful than it is now," said Cox.

At the city's park, known as "The Mall," grass was a concern.

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Police departments from across the country are sending in about 2,500 officers to assist the 500 Cleveland police dedicated to the Republican National Convention. Federal agencies will help.



Tens of thousands of people trampled the lawn during the Cavs parade.

Now, it's almost restored.

Transit officials also have volunteers cleaning up trash.

"RTA looks better than ever. Put alot of work along the Red Line, that's been one of our focuses," said Cleveland Regional Transit Authority President Joe Calabrese.

Donations, $25,000 worth, also went to making plants around the city look brand new. Now officials are focusing on adding some extra sparkle.

"We've been using volunteers actually to help with the installation of our twinkle lights," said Downtown Cleveland Alliance President Joe Marinucci. "The goal is for visitors to the city to see us at our best. To see that sparkling glow."

Last month, the city unveiled a new public square, and leaders say they're confident Cleveland will leave a lasting impression.

"This is almost like the centerpiece of the beautification of Cleveland. and the Republican National Committee come on in," said Cox. "We're ready for you, and we're happy to have a great time."
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