A sweeping start: City sets date for spring clean-up

Written by on February 9, 2011 in Neighborhood News - No comments

In 2007, volunteers from the Powell Recovery Center gave Washington Hill a spring spruce-up. Photo by Anna Santana

It’s still early, but the city has already set the date for its Mayor’s Spring Clean-up, the day communities come together to spruce up their areas. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 16.

In the past, the clean-ups had certain themes, such as those that focused on neighborhood green spaces, alleys, streets and so forth. No word yet from the Department of Public Works on what the emphasis of this spring’s event will be.

In the past, those whose community associations elected to take part in the clean-up were eligible to receive bags, gloves and more from DPW to assist in the effort, provided they registered in advance. Expect an announcement from DPW addressing the opening of registration and the theme of the clean-up.

Community associations are being urged to mark their calendars for the date of the event, and to begin thinking of projects in the immediate area which can use attention.

Baltimore City offers two clean-ups a year, spring and fall. These two events are promoted citywide, but communities are always encouraged to hold as-needed cleaning and greening projects.

The Baltimore Guide will be printing a special article detailing each community’s clean-up plans. Neighborhood associations, community groups, churches, schools and others are all welcome to be listed. More details about this article will become available in the weeks ahead.

by Mary Helen Sprecher

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