Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Duluth as Spring Approaches

Last year, Duluth residents logged more than 6,000 hours of community clean up

DULUTH, Minn. – With the official start of spring less than a week away, downtown Duluth will soon look a little brighter.

The Greater Downtown Council is looking for volunteers to help with its annual “Dig In for the Downtown Waterfront” in June. The project helps plant flowers in the streetscape planters and hang baskets on the streetlights throughout the downtown area. The council is also organizing a clean sweep of the streets downtown in early April as tourism season gets closer.

“It’s a great opportunity for the downtown businesses and property owners just to do some window washing or any extra painting just to give a spruced up look to our downtown,” said Kristi Stoke, President of the Greater Downtown Council.

The clean sweep is typically held around Earth Day, but could be pushed back depending on the weather. If you’d like to help with these projects, contact the Greater Downtown Council.

The city of Duluth is also looking for help to freshen up the community. The Clean and Green campaign invites volunteers to help clean up garbage around public spaces as the snow begins to melt off. The city will provide bags, gloves and any other tools you may need.

In the past, Clean and Green was just a week long, but the city decided a few years ago to continue it through the spring and summer months to keep the community looking clean year round.

“When you go to a community and you see that the streets are clean and the parks are clean, there’s not garbage lying around, it does say something about the pride the community has,” said Cheryl Skafte, volunteer coordinator for the City of Duluth. β€œIt just creates a more beautiful environment for everyone.”

Last year, Duluth residents logged more than 6,000 hours of community clean up.

If you’d like to volunteer, visit www.duluthmn.gov/parks/

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