Volunteer groups to clean up Portland parks, streets

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PORTLAND — Three volunteer groups are getting together to clean up the city’s parks, trails and neighborhoods on Saturday, April 6.

Friends of the Eastern Promenade, the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization and the West End Neighborhood Association are sponsoring the annual April Stools Day and Litter Pickup from 9 a.m. to noon, according to a press release.

The groups are inviting residents to help them pick up litter, pet waste and other debris from 11 locations in Portland, including Baxter Woods, the Ocean Avenue dog park and Fort Allen Park.

This year’s clean-up includes the 21st annual April Stools Day, which has been sponsored by local pet supply store Fetch for 13 years. A scavenger-hunt prize of a Fetch gift card will be awarded in each area to the participant who finds the hidden “Golden Turd.”

Rain date for April Stools Day and Litter Pickup is Sunday, April 7. People wishing to participate should contact Friends of the Eastern Promenade, or gather at the Eastern Promenade and Cutter Street the morning of the event.