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It's spring. So this means it must be time to do some cleaning -- not in your home this time, but around your neighborhood.

The City of Texarkana, Texas Planning and Community Development Department will host a spring clean up with concentration on three communities within Texarkana on April 18. The clean up will kick off at 9 a.m. in Rose Hill, Highland Park, and Beverly and last until noon.

Planning and Community Development Director David Orr explained the purpose of the event.

“The city is asking citizens to take responsibility for their neighborhoods and get outdoors and clean up on Saturday, April 18We will provide staging areas, dumpsters, safety vests and gloves, but we need residents to come together and volunteer to make an impact in their community. Neighborhood projects could include picking up trash, reporting broken or non-functional street lights, clearing debris from yards and much more," he said.

Residents citywide are encouraged to place large items (up to one cubic yard of material) at the curb during their normally scheduled waste collection day the week of the clean up.

The staging areas for the April 18 event are as follows:

Rose Hill – The Oaks at Rose Hill, 2100 West 12th St., Texarkana, Texas 75501

Highland Park – Collins Senior Center – 300 Texas Blvd., Texarkana, Texas 75503

Beverly – Judith McCarty School of Dance – 2524 New Boston Rd., Texarkana, Texas 75501

The Department of Planning & Community Development  implements a variety of programs to assist in the development of the city's economic future and foster a better quality of life. These programs encompass comprehensive planning, zoning administration, physical revitalization of targeted areas, retaining and attracting businesses to Texarkana, creating new residential opportunities, revitalization of neighborhoods and job training opportunities.

The department is also responsible for research, application and administration of grant programs and projects. Grant funding is used for projects such as improving infrastructure, public parks, purchasing equipment for city departments, improving energy efficiency, implementing housing reconstruction and home buyer assistance, transitional housing and job training programs for low income individuals and families, and addressing contaminated brownfield sites.

For more information about the clean up, please contact (903) 798-3904.