HAVERHILL — Last year over 200 residents showed up at the Citizens Center and pitched in to make Haverhill a cleaner and more welcoming city. Organizers of the annual Earth Day cleanup event say they want even more residents to come forward this year and help give the city a big spring cleaning.
The city’s annual Earth Day cleanup event will be on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and this year’s focus is on neighborhoods.
David LaBrode, a member of Haverhill’s Brightside, said the cleanup is a great opportunity to get out and spruce up the city.
“Whether you are helping out in our downtown area, one of our many neighborhoods, or local parks, it is just a great way to welcome spring and feel good about your city,” he said. “And wouldn’t that be nice after the winter we’ve had?”
LaBrode said the event’s planning committee has been meeting for the past two months in preparation for this year’s clean up. The group recently set up signs around the city announcing the event.
Human Services Director Vincent Ouellette, who helps organize the annual citywide cleanup, said it’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved, including children.
“It teaches children to take care of their environment, and also lays a good foundation as to the importance of caring for your community and not littering,” he said.
Ouellette said that following a typical winter, volunteers are usually out in March to clean areas of the city. But because of all the snow this winter, they didn’t have a chance.
“It left us about a month behind,” he said. “The more people who get involved in our Earth Day cleanup, the better.”
The city invites residents and others who want to help out to start their day with a kickoff event at 8:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., that will include remarks from the mayor. Participants can pick up T-shirts, trash bags and snacks.