Clean-up crew visits park

Milton community members volunteer during Park Spruce Up Day in April 2018 at Bombardier Park. 

MILTON — The weather is looking bright and sunny so far for an annual Milton tradition taking place this weekend. 

Park Spruce Up Day is this Saturday, April 17 and community volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help get Bombardier Park ready for spring and summer use.

"Volunteering at Park Spruce Up Day directly benefits everyone in the community," Recreation Director Jenna Tucker said. "You can see the results of your hard work right away. It's also a really wonderful way for parents to teach their children some altruistic tendencies." 

1.  Sign up for a task.

Milton Recreation is looking for help with a variety of tasks that will accommodate volunteers of varying abilities, Tucker said. 

Less strenuous tasks include cleaning up trash from Bombardier Park's trails and dog park, while raking and sweeping the pavilions and the Milton Outdoor Performance Center and power-grooming mulch around the playgrounds will require a bit more effort. 

Walk-ins will be welcome on Saturday, but Tucker would prefer volunteers to sign up for a task ahead of time.

2.  Bring gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. 

The weather looks dry so far for Saturday, but could be chilly in the early morning, so it might be best to dress in layers.

Wear comfortable shoes like sneakers or hiking boots and bring gardening gloves or plastic gloves to protect your hands. 

3.  Pick up trash bags at the Fieldhouse in Bombardier Park West. 

Due to COVID-19, Milton Recreation asks volunteers not to congregate at the Fieldhouse. Grab what you need and head out to your assigned location as quickly as possible. 

If you pick up trash that is too large to fit in your bag, pull it out to a visible spot on a field so it can be collected. 

Can't make it this Saturday? Mark your calendar for Green Up Day on May 1. 

Residents will have another chance to volunteer in a few weeks. During Green Up Day, a beloved springtime tradition, volunteers can help remove litter from Milton's roadways. 

Green Up trash bags may be available for pick-up prior to May 1, so stay-tuned for more information.

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Staff Writer

Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.

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