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Downtown Cleanup seeks volunteers

Springfield program seeks to improve 30 blocks in its fourth year.

For the fourth year in a row, downtown will hold its version of spring cleaning.

The fourth annual Downtown Cleanup, sponsored by Keep Clark County Beautiful and the Center City Association, will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 20. A celebration lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. The rain date is April 27.

Carly Woodrow, community relations specialist for Clark County Waste Management District, said they’ll focus on picking up litter around the 30 core blocks downtown. They plan to move further west this year.

“We’ll go all the way to Yellow Springs Street,” Woodrow said.

The Downtown Cleanup is the only single-day event held during the Great American Cleanup, which runs from March through May. Last year, the Great American Cleanup saw 1,900 volunteers in Clark County pick up 20 tons of litter and debris.

Last year, the Downtown Cleanup had 86 volunteers, down from about 100 in previous years. They’re hoping to have about 100 volunteers this year.

They’ll mulch beds on the corner of Spring and Limestone Streets, as well as beds near the United Senior Services building and their new parking lot on the site of the former Arcue building.

She said volunteers from Wittenberg University will help the city’s service department replace benches on the City Hall plaza with benches from recycled lumber.

“There’s never any shortage of things that need beautifying,” Woodrow said. “It creates a real sense of community for downtown business owners who get involved and participate.”

Elaine Morris Roberts, Center City Association interim executive director, said the project shows the importance of beautifying the community to both residents and non-residents.

“It brings people together to help improve our community,” Morris Roberts said. “It also shows people from out of town how we feel about improving our community.”

She said she’s working with downtown businesses that might need a helping hand on projects.

“They can benefit,” Morris Roberts said. ” If they need something done, they can ask.”

Registration is being held until April 12. For more information, call 937-521-2025 or e-mail

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