Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home.

It’s for the whole city.

The Crossett citywide cleanup day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13.

“We just want to clean up the town,” said Mandy White, the executive director of the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce, one of the event sponsors. “It has been several months since we have had any kind of citywide cleanup day, so we are just trying to spiffy things up around here and make things look good.”

The cleanup will actually start the day before, when Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser employees will volunteer time to clean up the area, but White said the organizers expect approximately 30 people to show up April 13 for the cleanup.

Volunteers will meet up at the Chamber building at the corner of First and Main streets. The cleanup is being hosted in partnership with Keep Arkansas Beautiful, which provides garbage bags and gloves for the volunteers.

“From there, we are just going to send people out in different directions,” White said.

Getting the town clean now, ahead of the Crossett Riding Club’s Rodeo and the Buddy Bass tournament later this spring, which will bring in visitors from out of town, is a good idea, she said.

“We have seen the need (for the cleanup), and we have had several different people drive around in the city limits and the outskirts of town, and it just looks bad,” White said. “We feel this is a necessary event.”

The Chamber and other event underwriters will provide water and door prizes for those who participate.

Keep Arkansas Beautiful sponsors two events a year, the Great American Cleanup and the Great Arkansas Cleanup.

The Crossett spring cleaning is part of the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide effort between the months of March and May to improve communities through cleanup and beautification projects.

White said she would like for the citywide cleanups to be at least semiannual, with one in the spring and one in the fall.

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