Some consider it to be the official start to spring.
The 49th annual Pathway and River Cleanup saw over 2,500 volunteers scour the city’s green spaces for litter left behind from winter.
In Pearce Estate Park, some of the volunteers were also painting picnic tables, among a number of other things being done around the city.
Volunteer Program Advisor Maggie Nelson says it’s always an interesting day, as crews find all sorts of items strewn about.
“Last year we had a group that found an extra-large pair of zebra-print boxers on one of the pathways,” Nelson said. “We found a fully-decorated Christmas tree a couple of years ago. The youth group out here found three different coconuts out in this park last year. So tons of weird stuff.”
One of the groups helping the cleanup was The Dirty Ducks, who have gathered for the event over the last eleven years.
“Just because it’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s a good way to get out and it’s the kickoff to the warm season,” member Terry Bell said.
Her main message for Calgarians heading into the spring?
With the warm weather we’ve seen so far this year, Nelson says it does seem a little cleaner than it could be, based on the fact crews and Calgarians were able to start the cleanup early on their own.