Red robins may not yet be roosting in Williston, but spring is in the air. And one way to know that is the fact that the annual spring cleanup day is just around the corner.
This year’s annual event is set for April 28, with a backup date of May 5, in the event that weather is uncooperative.
Participants in the annual event get free T-shirts, and a lunch is generally provided to them.
“This is just a nice community engagement event, and it’s great that we have so many families come out,” Williston City Administrator David Tuan said. “I see people wearing the T-shirts all the time, at the gym and so forth, and it’s a constant reminder that as a community we come together to make our community look good.”
The cleanup helps get the community ready for the annual band day.
“We would do the cleanup regardless, but it is convenient that Band Day is our featured public parade in the weeks following it,” Tuan said. “It’s kind of that introduction to spring and summer. Even though snow is on the ground, hopefully we will have warmer weather by then.”
Volunteers from the community and local businesses form various cleaning squads and are assigned an area to clean. Many of the teams are the same ones from year to year, but new teams are always welcome to join in.
A map with cleaning zones is available on Williston’s website. To register for a cleanup zone, or to become a sponsor, contact Patty Fiorenza or Jim Haga Jr. at 701-577-6368 at Public works to secure your team’s spot.
The cleanup project will be stationed in the parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aafedt Stadium and at Davidson Park.
Containers will also be placed at Davidson Park for collection of used residential tires (up to four per car/truckload), scrap metal, cardboard, wood and other items.
The free lunch this year is provided by BOH Midstream, an oil and gas company. It starts at 11:30 a.m.
The city landfill will also be open to the public, free of charge, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 6 for residents wanting to dispose of household trash.