It's not like anyone needed an excuse to get outside Saturday, which is forecast to be a sunny day with 70-degree temperatures.
But York City's got one anyway.
As they've done for decades, garbage-bag-wielding volunteers will scatter around the city and spend about three hours clearing York's streets and sidewalks of litter. If it blows in the wind, Spring Clean Up volunteers hope to stuff it in a bag instead.
The annual Spring Clean Up is a collaboration of Keep York Beautiful, the city, local businesses, neighborhood associations and other groups. Targeted areas include residential neighborhoods, the downtown business district, city parks and the railroad corridor between Roosevelt Avenue and Newberry Street.
Volunteers are asked to lend a hand Saturday from 7:30 to about 11 a.m.
Jim Gross, the city's director of public works, said he's hoping about 200 people show up.
"It can actually make a pretty big impact," Gross said. "It is amazing what you can accomplish in a few hours' time."
Volunteers interested in participating should meet at City Hall, 101 S. George St. at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to sign in and pick up bags, gloves and equipment. The cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 10:45 a.m. Then, equipment should be returned to City Hall.
There's no need to show up with your own bags, Gross said, because Penn Waste has provided specific bags for the task.
The city is reminding residents that this is a litter-only pickup. Residents who wish to dispose of large items should call (717) 843-1240 to schedule collection of furniture and appliances.
-- Reach Erin James at 505-5439 or ejame email@example.com or on Twitter @ydcity.