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Spring cleaning for the city

It’s time to pitch in and help with the spring-cleaning around Oshawa.

The City of Oshawa has joined the national Pitch-In campaign to promote the clean up of the city. From April 18-24, community members are invited to take part in Pitch-In week.

The Pitch-In campaign has been anti-litter since the 1960s.

Denyse Morrisey, director of Recreation & Culture Services for the city says that Pitch-In week is all about the community taking pride and taking part by participating in a spring clean up of the public green spaces.

“Pitch-In is a spring cleaning of our green spaces, just like we tend to spring clean our homes at this time of year,” she says.

Last year, nearly 20,000 students, community groups, homeowners and businesses pitched in by cleaning up parks, trails, schoolyards and open spaces.

Will you be part of the problem or part of the solution?

In terms of downtown spaces, most of the core is privately owned so volunteers can’t help out. However, Morrisey says that, “We certainly encourage all property owners to get out there and clean up their properties.”

There are some specific locations groups are schedule to clean up in the downtown core though. “The trail behind City Hall from the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens down to Brick by Brick Park is being targeted by several groups,” says Morrisey.

Groups or individuals interested in volunteering this year can register at the City of Oshawa website by clicking on the Pitch-In icon. Free gloves and bags are provided for anyone who enters a Record of Community Involvement sheet. For help choosing a location, finding a group to join or promoting one that already exists, contact Rose Mary Mason at the Civic Recreation Complex at 905-438-3146.

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