City and clubs hosting spring cleanup for Earth Day

By Hayley Ferguson
April 18, 2019 - 4:02pm Updated: April 18, 2019 - 7:03pm


Medicine Hat, AB -- On Saturday, the City of Medicine Hat is looking for help to clean up our city in honour of Earth Day.

They'll be hosting the Litter Blitz in various locations around town.

Multiple organizations will be joining the city, including the Medicine Hat Paddling Club.

The club will be starting in Kin Coulee Park before focusing on shorelines.

This will be the fourth year the club has had their creek clean up and had over 80 volunteers last year.

President Rick Redmond says that his club feels some stewardship over the creeks around town and are very proud to help clean them up.

“As a paddling club, we paddle on the main river, the (South) Saskatchewan River through town. But we started to paddle on the Seven Persons Creek.” Redmond said. “And the first time we went down, it was awful. Messy with all the junk, shopping carts, the bikes, the skateboards, and just trash in general and we felt ‘hey we’ll clean this up’.”

Free garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Medicine Hat Parks building at 88 Kipling Street SE starting at 9:30 AM or with the paddling club at the Kin Coulee toboggan hill at 7:45 AM.

“If folks can bring any wheelbarrows or carts that would sure help out. Bring pick up sticks, little pointy sticks or just come yourself. Make sure you wear rubber boots and come dressed for the weather. We always encourage folks to bring some snacks or water bottles with them.” Redmond also mentioned.
For all volunteers, there will a free BBQ lunch for volunteers at noon along with a yoga class after.

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