by Mayor Tammy

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air. That’s right – it’s spring in Meridian!  As the days heat up, I can’t help but get excited for all of the outdoor fun ahead in our great City.

April kicked things off with the opening of Meridian Main Street Market. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, be sure to add it to your list. The market is open each Saturday from now until October, and it is jam packed with homemade goodies of all kinds. I’m talking baked goods, fresh produce, and art. It’s the perfect way to start the weekend, and a great spot to grab lunch!

May doesn’t just bring flowers. It also brings with it a whole lineup of activities in Meridian. New this year, our first annual city-wide Trash or Treasure event on May 4th and 5th. This event allows participants the opportunity to set out unwanted items at the curb – and others the chance to hunt for treasures. Trash or Treasure will help to keep re-usable items out of the landfill. You can sign up to participate, or check out the treasure map online at meridiancity.org/trashortreasure. Someone else’s trash is another’s treasure. Trash or Treasure is conveniently followed by this year’s unlimited trash week – “Spring Clean Up” May 6-11. Residential customers can put out extra bags or bundles of trash and recycling during the week. Learn more online at meridiancity.org/springcleanup.

May 4-11 marks our 8th annual Unplug and Be Outside celebration.  I encourage everyone to unplug from technology and explore.   Visit a park, take an introductory class, dig out your bicycle and get it ready for the summer.  Try something new!  Whether you’re two or ninety-two, our Parks and Recreation team has an activity to get you moving. Kids can participate in a Bicycle Rodeo, fish in Kleiner pond, tumble, dance, and learn new soccer and tennis skills.  Families can participate in line dancing, hiking, bird watching, or do yoga together.  But wait – did I mention that these are all FREE?

You can view the activities list online at meridiancity.org/unplug or join us at the Unplug kickoff event on Saturday, May 4th at Kleiner Park to get a printed schedule.

Oh, and – new this year, we are having a Food Frenzy Fundraiser for our youth scholarship program so kids who can’t otherwise afford camp this summer won’t be left out.  Join us Thursday, May 9 at Settlers Park from 5 – 8 pm. 

This season, let’s walk, jog, or run toward a healthier and happier life. Let’s reconnect with our loved ones. Let’s Unplug and Be Outside!

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