Students from Redoubt Elementary pick up trash along the river during the 6th Annual Kids Kenai River Spring Cleanup at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna, Alaska on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Students from Redoubt Elementary pick up trash along the river during the 6th Annual Kids Kenai River Spring Cleanup at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna, Alaska on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Spring cleanups scheduled around the Central Peninsula

Spring is in full swing, with cleanups taking place across the central peninsula.

Kenai Parks and Recreation is hosting a Kenai Community Clean Up on Saturday, May 18 starting at 10 a.m.

The cleanup will start at the Kenai greenstrip, at 400 Main Street Loop. Parks and Rec will provide bags for the cleanup. Participants are asked to return their filled bags to the greenstrip by noon Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

Drawings for prizes will take place at 12:15 p.m. for participants of all ages, but they must be present to win.

Lunch and drinks will be provided at noon by Kenai Lions Club and Parks and Rec.

In Nikiski, the Nikiski Community Council and Nikiski Rec Center have teamed up with Alaska Waste for a weeklong cleanup that will be coming to an end on May 19. Alaska Waste will pick up the cleanup bags on May 20 from the highways along Nikiski.

Volunteers can get their designated cleanup bags at the Nikiski Rec Center and enter for a drawing, which will be held at the annual Family Fun in the Midnight Sun event on June 15.

Kenai will also be hosting cleanups all summer long through the TRASHercise Lunches.

“The city of Kenai is sponsoring a series of lunch time hikes with the purpose of cleaning up our city and getting some exercise at the same time,” according to the city. “Please join us as we enjoy our beautiful city and help keep our community clean at the same time.”

The TRASHercise events will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on different dates until October. The city will provide gloves and bags.

The first TRASHercise will meet at 120 Main Streep Loop on May 23. On June 13, they’ll meet at Daubenspeck Family Park, June 27 at Kenai North Beach and July 11 in front of Paradisos.

For a full calendar of TRASHercise events, call 907-283-8262 or 907-282-8235.

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