River cleanup runs Sunday

Volunteers welcome for annual river cleanup beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre

Make Red Deer River great again.

Volunteers are needed to help clean the banks of the river as part of the annual cleanup day on Sunday.

“The annual Red Deer River Cleanup is a piece of the Green Deer puzzle that encourages people to clean near the river, which is such an important part of our city,” says Suzanne Jubb, city Community and Program Facilitator.

“Since Green Deer began in April, we’ve seen positive results throughout the city. As the litter disappears, we really appreciate how beautiful our community is.”

The 2017 Red Deer River Cleanup will run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Participants are invited to a free barbecue and prizes after the event.

“The more people who help out, the more area we can cover,” says Tanya Wells, Red Deer River Co-ordinator. “The river cleanup is a great way for families, clubs and other organizations to get involved in keeping Red Deer clean and beautiful.”

Pre-registration is not required, but residents are asked to arrive promptly at 12:30 p.m. to receive their cleaning supplies and be assigned a specific area of the riverbank to clean. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring gloves. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Partners of the Red Deer River Cleanup include The City of Red Deer, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, NOVA Chemicals and Trout Unlimited Canada. For more information, go to: www.reddeer.ca/greendeer.

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