Ponoka’s Pitch-In week starts May 6. File photo

Participate in Pitch-In Week May 6 to 11

Help keep Ponoka clean and attractive

Pitch-In Week in Ponoka is May 6 to 11 and the town is asking residents to “pitch-in” and help clean up the community now that the winter snow has melted.

“We just want to encourage everyone to participate, get garbage bags and help out during pitch-in week,” said Sandra Smith, communications manager.

The town doesn’t anticipate finding a lot of litter but spring is a good time to tidy up the town, says Smith.

The town is hoping for “as many (volunteers) as we can get,” she said.

Local Girl Guides, scouting groups and school groups have already confirmed they will be participating.

National pitch-in week is in late April. The Town of Ponoka chooses to do theirs in May to “to try to get better weather.”

The town has been holding Pitch-In Week since at least 2012, according to Smith.

During pitch-in week, residents can choose any area of town to clean up, including neighbourhood areas, industrial park, green spaces or anywhere else. Call the Aquaplex to let them know which area you plan to clean, and arrange for pick up of full bags of garbage when done.

The week will be launched with a trail clean up and community barbecue on May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Meet at the Scout Hall at 3924-46A St. Close, starting at 5 p.m., grab a hot dog and some snacks and water and get cleaning.

There will be a list of areas to choose from Ponoka’s parks and trail systems.

If you have a particular area you’d like to pick up, you can make a request – the list is just to make sure areas aren’t doubled up, says Smith.

Funding for the barbecue is provided through the Trans Canada Trail organization.

The organization has given the town a $1,000 grant, that will be used for this barbecue, and other events planned throughout the year.

Starting on May 1 and running until August 31 is the third annual Walk ‘n’ Roll Challenge encouraging residents to walk or bike, etcetera, to destinations.

The challenge is a competition between Ponoka, Wainwright and Stettler.

For more information, call 403-783-0118 or e-mail wes.amendt@ponoka.ca.

Also in May is the town’s annual spring clean up on May 21, where public works crews will pick up extra compostable yard waste from back alleys that can’t fit in residents’ green bins.

Crews will be doing one pass down each alley in Ponoka.

Place your un-bagged yard waste in a pile in your back yard before May 21, and it will get picked up.

For those who don’t have a back alley, place the waste at the front of your property.

Grass clippings, weeds, eaves and branches less than five feet will be picked up. Rocks, construction materials, wood household waste or pet excrement will not be taken.

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