Community spirit

With the approach of summer, now is the time to help beautify the City, and there are several ways to roll up your sleeves and pitch in.

Green Deer officially kicked off earlier this week, and a number of community members gathered for a barbecue launch. City council members will also be out in the trenches this week working to set an example for residents. Mostly, it’s about taking responsibility for ensuring a cleaner community and strengthening City pride.

Green Deer runs through June 15th and a number come forward each spring – individually, in groups, and as businesses – armed with pickers, gloves and bags to clean up the trash and litter that has accumulated through the winter.

Red Deerians are encouraged to join neighbours, friends and coworkers in keeping Red Deer beautiful and healthy. Folks can register at the Recreation Centre, Collicutt Centre or G.H. Dawe Centre or by calling 403-309-8411.

People are encouraged to register so Green Deer organizers can distribute cleaning supplies, track the areas that have been cleaned and recognize volunteer work.

If you have collected large amounts of garbage, call 403-309-8411 and staff will arrange to have your pile picked up.

Another means of helping to keep Red Deer looking good is through a program called Adopt a Park. You can help protect the parks and the wildlife that inhabit them.

With Adopt a Park, residents can work as an individual, group or business to protect the green spaces that make living in Red Deer so unique.

Adopting a park is a commitment, but the amount of time put in can vary. 

According to the City, here are some examples of what adopting a park or trail can mean include picking up litter along creeks, trails, manicured parks or natural areas; monitoring and managing for alien weed invaders; keeping an eye open for natural damage or dangers, vandalism, inappropriate use and reporting such activity to parks staff or the RCMP as appropriate.

For more information on adopting a park, contact 403-342-8234.

Also, the Red Deer River Cleanup runs June 1.

At this annual spring initiative, volunteers from across the City join together to help keep our river and shoreline clean and safe for all. 

This year’s event will take place on June 1 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. The event will end with a barbecue and a draw for prizes. 

There is no need to pre-register, but wear appropriate footwear and bring gloves. Children 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Certificates are available upon request. For more information, call 403-309-8411.

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