We encourage Muskogee residents to do everything they can to spruce up their yards and neighborhoods.

The city embarks on its annual Azalea Festival extravaganza next month. Muskogee’s display of blooms at Honor Heights Park, the parade and cook-off, and related activities, of course, attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

We all have a vested interest in a successful festival, and one measure of success is seeing those who come this year return. Their return depends a great deal on how friendly and attractive they find Muskogee.

No doubt they will find us friendly, but attractive is another question.

We have an old town, with many old buildings. However, old doesn’t have to mean decrepit or tatty.

Please take advantage of the opportunities Public Works has for discarding trash, old furniture and appliances properly in advance of the festival.

Visitors will be impressed by not only what they see at Honor Heights and downtown, but also by what they see as they travel down our major thoroughfares and through our neighborhoods.

Let’s make a good impression this spring.

Spring cleanup

General refuse

Large dumpsters will be set out for household trash and yard wastes through today at these locations:

• City Material Yard, 1503 S. Cherokee St.

• City Water Department, 1239 Chicago St.

• Recycling Center, northwest corner of Main and Iola streets.

• Border Street Fire Station, 2603 Border St.

• Peak Boulevard Fire Station, 503 E. Peak Blvd.

• York Street Fire Station, 1800 N. York St.

Tree limbs and brush

• Residents may discard truck or pickup loads of brush from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Saturday at the dumpsite at 40th and Denver streets. Tree stumps will not be accepted, but mulch generated from the site is available to Muskogee residents free of charge.

Discarded furniture

• Residents may dispose of furniture Saturday at the Muskogee Community Landfill, which will be free from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to Muskogee residents who present a valid driver’s license and a current water bill issued by the city of Muskogee.

Free dump day

Muskogee residents may discard trash without cost on April 12 — Oklahoma Trash-Off Day.

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