The Berlin Parks Commission and the Town of Berlin want to thank everyone who participated in the Annual Community Clean-Up Day on April 20, 2013, the kick-off event for the 2nd Annual Take Pride in Berlin Week, which runs from April 20-27th this year.

Despite soggy conditions and chilly weather, there was a great turn-out for Clean-Up Day in both Stephen Decatur and William Henry Park. Volunteers weeded, pruned, cleared, raked and mulched through the morning and their efforts shows. In addition to cleaning up existing beds in both parks, a new raingarden was created in Stephen Decatur Park to help drain water from the Nature Trail parking lot. Volunteers also worked downtown to spruce up flower beds at the corner of Pitts and Main Street. A really adventurous group even climbed down into the Hudson Branch to pull out all sorts of trash and debris including a mattress and several TV sets. Berlin Area Ministries United once again provided a great lunch for participants hungry after all their hard work.

But taking pride in Berlin doesn’t end on Clean-Up Day! The week occurs every year around Earth Day and everyone is encouraged to use this time to think about what they can do for their Town, neighborhoods, and neighbors. Take Pride in Berlin Week is a great opportunity to think about what living and working in Berlin means and how to apply that pride to our community.

Again, thanks to everyone who volunteered for Clean-Up Day and everyone who found other ways to give to their community throughout the week.

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