Berlin to Host Annual “Clean-Up Day” Saturday, April 22
For the last decade, the town has had volunteers take part in the cleanup of Berlin’s parks and neighborhood areas. Volunteers help to plant, rake, weed and mulch to help out the community.
This event will be the start of Berlin’s “Take Pride in Berlin Week,” which runs from April 22-29 and promotes the idea of sprucing up the town after the winter season.
Mary Bohlen, Berlin’s administrative service director, said originally Take Pride was just a single day, but the town decided to change that after steady volunteer turnouts.
“We decided instead of one day in the park, we should extend it to the week,” Bohlen said. “We wanted our citizens to do whatever comes to their mind to make this a perfect week.”
This year, the town will be focusing its attention on the Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street and Henry Park on Flower Street. The town is also encouraging volunteers to attend to anything they might see around their own neighborhoods.
Bohlen said the goal of the Clean-Up Day and the Take Pride in Berlin Week wasn’t just to rid the street of litter and debris, but to encourage citizens to take it one step further.
“The point isn’t just about cleaning,” Bohlen said. “We are encouraging people to look around their neighborhoods and help out by possibly helping out an elderly neighbor paint their fence or mow their yard. We are just encouraging people to use their imagination.”
Sign ups for either of the parks will begin at 8:30 a.m. and children activities will be taking place later around 11 a.m.
For more information, to register a location or to notify the town of a trash pickup location, go to https://www.facebook.com/TakePrideInBerlinWeek/ or call 410-641-4314.