Community pitches in for annual spring cleaning of parks and neighborhoods

 (April 10, 2018) – Berlin’s Mayor and Council has proclaimed the week of April 21-28 as the Fifth Annual Take Pride in Berlin Week, which includes Clean-Up Berlin Day on Saturday, April 21st.

For more than a decade volunteers have dedicated a few hours on an April Saturday to help give Berlin’s Parks and neighborhoods a spring cleaning.  Individuals and teams are needed to help with planting, weeding, raking, mulching and whatever else needs attention.  This is a great opportunity for students to earn service hours.

The main clean-up areas are Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli St. and Henry Park on Flower St., as well as Berlin Falls Park on Old Ocean City Blvd. Some supplies will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.  Rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows are always needed.

Clean-up of Hudson Branch will also be needed; this activity is not for young children. Heavy clothes and boots are recommended. For general park clean-up, sign up at any of the parks starting at 8:30 am; Hudson Branch sign-up is at Henry Park.

Lunch is generously provided by SonRise Church at no cost to volunteers.

Volunteers can also choose to spend their time anywhere they feel needs attention.  Trash pickup will be available; items for pickup will need to be placed in one location at the clean-up area and the Town must be contacted so that crews are aware of the need.

Also on Saturday the 21st, of Take Pride in Berlin Week, the community will also be celebrating the 2017 National Champion Pop Warner Football Team, Berlin’s own Seahawks.  Joining the coaches, players and their families at Henry Park will be radio station Power 101.7 to provide music for the event.

Beginning Saturday, April 21st, explore Berlin with the “Berlin Hide-Seek” scavenger hunt for kids and visit the downtown Berlin businesses for open house specials and discounts.  For a full list of participating merchants pick up a list during Clean-Up Day, or at the Welcome Center or Berlin Town Hall.

For more information, please contact Mary Bohlen at 410-641-4314 or mbohlen@berlinmd.gov.  Information can also be found on FaceBook at “Take Pride in Berlin Week.”

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