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Clean Sweep set for April 11

Variety of projects available to help beautify the city


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Riley Coffren, bottom, Angie Maynhart, center, and Britney Christensen paint a fence on 51st Avenue on April 26, 2014 as part of last year's Clean Sweep Week in the city of Marysville.

During this year's Marysville Clean Sweep Community Day volunteers will be able to help refurbish downtown benches, clean up one of city's future parks or help beautify the city's gateways.

The community day on April 11 is the culmination of Clean Sweep Week, which is meant to help clean up the city.

"This is an opportunity for us to make impressions on the city by helping clean up areas," said the city's parks maintenance manager Mike Robinson.

This is the fourth year of the program and each year the city has received a strong response to the program, said Robinson.

Robinson said he likes working with all the volunteers that come out every year.

"I enjoy working with people who want to help with the community. It's pretty cool that people want to come out for their weekend and help," he said.

During the Clean Sweep Community Day the city zeroes in on a couple of projects they want to complete.

Last year the volunteers worked on improving the gateway entrances to the city with various beautifications projects like trees, bark and flower maintenance, as well as cleaning up debris at State Avenue, 51st Street and other locations.

This year one of the main projects will be cleaning up Mother Nature's Window, a piece of forest property the city received from Snohomish County at 100th Street and 55th Avenue, that could eventually become a new park for the city.

"It's a forested area that has come into disuse, or misuse sometimes, but we eventually want to open it up to the public," said Robinson.

Clean Sweep Community Day will be the initial cleanup for the site, said Robinson.

He said it has the potential to be a good "passive" park composed of trails and forest area and hopes to introduce the community to the site.

"It's a good opportunity for the public to help but also for them to see what this property could be before we open it up," he said.

Although the opening of the Mother's Nature Window property is still a ways off, said Robinson. The design and planning for the property still has to be completed and grant funding still has to be secured, he said.

In addition to work at that property, volunteers will be refurbishing the downtown benches at 3rd Street. Putting those benches in was an original Clean Sweep Week project, said Robinson, and now they need to be sanded down and re-varnished.

Volunteers may also help maintaining some trails or planting trees and flowers.

Those that want to volunteer can meet at Cascade Elementary School, 5200 100th St. NE at 9 a.m. on April 11.

They will meet with city staff to get their assignment for the day and pick up tools and equipment before heading out.

Residents interested in volunteering can also contact Mike Robinson at 360-363-8406.


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