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In Tweets: Calgary’s river valley gets a spring cleanup

Volunteers ready to cleanup Calgary's pathways and river valley Sunday. Credit: Lora Cooper / Instagram
An official sign that spring is here is cleaning up, and not just at home. The annual Pathway and River Cleanup took place Sunday to get the city looking its best and inspire Calgarians to keep it that way year round.

More than 2,500 volunteers helped pick up thousands of kilograms of garbage by removing a little in every quadrant of Calgary, including parks, green spaces, pathways and riverbanks.

“The Pathway and River Cleanup gives our city a great spring cleaning but also emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship,” volunteer Maggie Nelson said.

Event volunteers were required to register by the end of March to allow for group assignments and safety training.

This year’s participants include non-profit organizations, community associations, local businesses and city staff. For many, the cleanup has become an annual tradition of giving back among friends and coworkers.

The 49th annual event wrapped up at 12 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers say Calgarians are encouraged to get involved in keeping the city clean year round by picking up and properly disposing of their litter.

They can also organize their own community or school cleanups using the city’s free TLC Kits. Each kit contains enough supplies for 10 people and can be picked up at nine locations across the city. For more information, visit calgary.ca/tlckits.

The hashtag of the day on Twitter and Instagram in Calgary was #yyccleans as volunteers shared the fun of their cleanup experience.

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