Residents to clean up community of Channelside
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:33 am
Longtime Channelside resident Deb Horton said enough is enough when it comes to unsightly yards in her community and is organizing the second annual Channelside community clean-up on May 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.
“We’ve had a lot of issues in the area,” Horton said of the empty lots in the community that have been used by some as parking lots, dumping grounds for litter and “bathroom” areas for pets.
“I’m just done with it. I figure if I get the community involved, they can see all the garbage in these lots.”
Community members will meet at 10 a.m. at the green space beside Eighth Street and Channelside Drive S.W. to begin collecting trash to fill the six dumpsters available at the event.
“(The dumpsters) allows residents to get rid of their stuff,” Horton said.
She encourages community members to clean out their yards of old and broken toys and bikes.
She said she will sometimes leave notes on the cars parked in the vacant lots asking the owners not to park there, but will often find the notes torn up or on the ground during her daily walk with her dogs through the neighbourhood.
“You keep calling bylaw but there is only so many (officers),” she said of her reasoning for taking charge and organizing the event.
She said she hopes to build a sense of respect in residents for their community.
“To get these (empty) lots sold, the neighbourhood needs to look better.”
The clean-up will end with a free barbecue for participating residents that is being sponsored by Genesis Builders Group and Horton will be collecting donations of bottles with the proceeds going to Fuzzy Pickles Playschool.
Mayor Peter Brown and municipal enforcement representatives are expected to attend the barbecue.
The City of Airdrie’s newly implemented Community Standards Bylaw states “any loose litter, feces, garbage or refuse, whether located in a storage area, collection area or elsewhere on the land,” is part of the untidy and unsightly conditions outlined in the bylaw and could result in a $500 penalty.
Horton said she thinks the key to prevent littering is to show children the need lead by example.
“Pick up after yourself and get the kids involved too by having them put away their bikes and toys.”
For more information on the clean-up or to confirm participation, contact Horton at email@example.com