City crews have already begun preparations for this year's Go Green event in Swift Current which will be held in just over a week's time.

The beautification event, established in 2009, is a partnership between Stark & Marsh, Innovation Federal Credit Union, and the City of Swift Current as the trio will team up on September 15 to enhance the community looks.

Swift Current's Parks Manager Michael Newell said eleven sites have been chosen this year to receive upgrades including around 675 trees/shrubs being planted and general cleanup.

"We will be working at the new Plewis Automotive Group Accessible Inclusive Playground, Memorial Park, the City Ball Diamonds, Flag Court, Kiwanis Park, Douglas Drive in Sask Valley," he said. "Some planting on Gladstone, some planting for the new extension of the parkway that's going to go from Sask Valley under the Trans-Canada Highway to where it stopped by Highway 4, some cleanup on the Chinook Pathway, and some cleanup and pruning on the old Ashley School site."

The late summertime event has contributed to over 3,500 new trees and shrubs being planted throughout various parts of the city since its inception.

"It's just a great way to beautify an already beautiful city," Innovation Federal Credit Union Chief Executive Officer Dan Johnson said.

Volunteer registration is already open to the public with over 70 participants signed up as of Wednesday morning. There are two shifts they're looking for volunteers for, a morning shift from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., and an afternoon shift from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

"We have lots of community support and [they can] really enjoy the day," Stark & Marsh Director of Operations Darcy Congdon said.

A BBQ at Market Square will be held from 12-1 p.m. to feed the volunteers free of charge, while the rest of the general public can purchase a meal for $5 with all proceeds headed to the Swift Current Salvation Army's Foodbank. 

"Really excited to support that cause," Johnson said.

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