It’s (spring) clean-up time!

We’ve trudged through deep snow and slipped on icy sidewalks. We’ve shoveled out our driveways and layered up for blistering winds. We’ve endured weeks of deep freeze and enjoyed fleeting days of blissful sunshine. And finally, spring has arrived (although, even now, we’re not quite sure). As the days gradually warm up and the snow starts to melt, I feel as though I’m emerging from underwater in slow motion. Gasping for air and filled with anticipation, each sunny day makes me want to sing out loud, while each cold wind prompts me to wonder when this all will end.

And I don’t know about you, but when the snow melted from my front yard, I couldn’t help but notice the pieces of garbage scattered about. Since I usually associate spring with words like “nature” and “fresh”, this litter seemed awfully out of place.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one with this opinion. Spring clean-ups are launching all around the city – most notably, the City of Hamilton’s Team Up to Clean Up blitz, which is happening throughout April. To participate in the Team Up to Clean Up, simply get a group together in your neighbourhood, choose a date for your clean-up, and register on the City of Hamilton website.

Other upcoming clean-ups (that will save you the effort of organization):

1. Mac Outdoor Club Cootes Clean-up – Sunday, April 6 @ 2:30 pm. Meet the MOC at the Alpine tower and go for a jaunt through Cootes Paradise to help keep this beautiful portion of our campus clean! And to keep the spirit alive, there will be a free BBQ, prizes and a campfire following the clean-up.

2. The Stewards of Cootes Paradise will have their Big Spring Cleanup on April 13th from 1 to 4 pm. The event is said to take place at various locations (TBA). For more details, call 289-239-7649, email or visit Stewards of Cootes Watershed on Facebook.

Happy spring, and happy cleaning everyone! Feel free to comment with any other local spring clean-up initiatives that we could take part in.