With spring having sprung, it’s time for Barrie to spruce up

With spring having sprung, it’s time for the city’s annual cleanup event, Spring into Clean.
Registration is now open for the event, scheduled for April 26 to 28. Last year, 18,000 participants collected more than 4.9 tonnes of litter across the city.
Here’s what is planned and how the public can assist:
• Friday, April 26: Student/School Participation Day: The City encourages all elementary and high school students to take an active role in this community project by cleaning up their school property and adjacent parklands. After registering, schools will receive enough garbage bags and gloves for each student participant.
• Saturday, April 27,9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Waterfront Day (Heritage Park): Friends, family and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie’s waterfront area. Garbage bags and gloves will be supplied for all volunteers and beverages will be provided by Tim Hortons. After the cleanup, participants are invited to a free thank you barbecue featuring food, entertainment and activities. Registration is not required for this event.
• April 27 and 28: Community Days: All Barrie residents are encouraged to register to clean up a local neighbourhood public space such as a park, ravine, trail or park. Anyone—community groups, teams, neighbourhood associations, individuals and families—can participate! Registrations can be submitted individually or as a group. By registering, you will receive Spring into Clean collection bags and materials, and you will also ensure that the garbage you pick up is collected on Monday, April 29.
• April 26 to 28: Corporate Days: This is a call to all businesses in Barrie to participate by registering to clean up a local public space such as a park, ravine, trail or park. Register individually or as a group.
A flag raising ceremony will take place at City Hall at 11 a.m. on April 16 with Mayor Jeff Lehman, staff and community members.