Community Invited to Join Second Annual Spring Clean-up Event

April 5, 2024

Come out and join the upcoming spring clean-up and help make Courtenay shine! In a collective effort to celebrate the spirit of Earth Day, the City will be hosting its second annual community clean-up event on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This initiative aims to inspire environmental stewardship and community engagement while fostering a sense of pride and responsibility for our local environment. 

Community volunteers will meet at one of two parks: Harmston Park or Courtenay Air Park - adjacent to the Rotary Sky Park Playground at 10 a.m., rain or shine, for a safety orientation. City staff will distribute trash pickers/grabbers, bags, and gloves. Volunteers are then invited to pick up trash in the area around the park including nearby trails.

Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register at

Direct link to registration form: Community Clean Up Online Registration

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the event. 

Mayor Bob Wells said the City is hoping to build on the success of lasts year's community clean-up. “We had a strong turnout last year and positive feedback from participants,” said Wells. “We’re adding a second location this year and hope this will become an annual event going forward. It’s a great way to build community, beautify our parks and trails, and protect the environment.”

Garbage and debris in urban and natural environments, if not removed, can get washed into storm drains, creeks, and waterways. Keeping our parks, streets, and sidewalks clean helps keep debris out of the estuary and the ocean.

Enhancing the community

Did you know that the City of Courtenay and its partners regularly maintain the downtown, City streets and parks including:

  • Regular street sweeping
  • Graffiti removal
  • Seasonal street décor, including banners and decorations
  • Sidewalk repairs & road repairs
  • Sidewalk cleaning
  • Special event support (Canada Day, Market Days)
  • Tree maintenance
  • Garbage collection and road side litter pickup
  • Floral displays, garden beds, hanging baskets and planters
  • Clean-up crews provided by community partners across the City including the downtown core.

For more information about the Community Clean-up, visit