Saturday, April 11 2009 @ 05:59 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
April 9, 2009
April has sprung forward only to bring with her another opportunity to experience the beauty of Baltimore and her citizens. Recently, during one of my weekly Friday morning bike rides I was afforded the opportunity to gaze upon the cherry blossoms that thrive alongside Druid Hill Reservoir. As I returned to City Hall to continue on with the business of the day, I was again moved by the budding flowerbeds of the historic cultural district of Mt. Vernon. In all, I was reminded that the short days of winter have finally rested over the horizon and now spring has taken nature’s stage.
Spring is a reminder to us that life can spring forward from the cold, icy and often dark days of winter. Just as in our own lives we all go through our own wintry storms, spring is a reminder that a new season will come. Situations that once appeared hopeless and dead will again breathe life. The seeds that were planted in the fall and endured the winter are now beginning to blossom in the rays of a new day.
As many of us prepare for the three-day holiday weekend and we start to see the first blossoms of spring, I encourage you to think about our City’s quest to be a cleaner, greener, healthier, and safer Baltimore. Spring is a signal of renewal and we can all contribute in small ways to the renewal of our City.
On Saturday, April 18, I am hosting my 10th annual Spring Clean Up. This year’s theme, “Clean your Alley & Plant a Tree,” recognizes the simple but sustainable projects communities do to create a cleaner and greener neighborhood. So far more than 117 community groups and over 1900 volunteers have registered to participate in this initiative. Many more are expected to register.
I encourage each of you to join in these efforts. To sign up, communities should call 3-1-1. Click here http://www.baltimorecity.gov/downloads/0409/Spring%20Cleanup%20Flyer%20FINAL2009.pdf to learn more. Have a restful and safe holiday weekend!