Pride Day activities set; late additions welcome
Lorain County Pride Day preparations are just about complete.
However, it still is possible for last-minute community cleaneruppers to get in on the action from 9 a.m. to noon, May 19.
More than 2,200 volunteers are expected to fan out across 24 communities for this year’s Pride Day, said Brandi Schnell, community outreach coordinator for the Lorain County Solid Waste District.
That agency, overseen by Lorain County Commissioners Lori Kokoski, Ted Kalo and Matt
“I think there’s a lot of pride out there and to just take a day to express that and clean up an area, I think it’s great.” —Commissioner Lori Kokoski
Lundy, coordinates the county-wide spring cleaning each year.
“I think there’s a lot of pride out there and to just take a day to express that and clean up an area, I think it’s great,” Kokoski said. “I’m really proud of the people that spend their time cleaning up a neighborhood or a park or development, or doing their thing.”
The county works with community coordinators who in turn keep track of the local projects, Schnell said.
Lorain County’s Pride Day has grown so large it is impossible for one person to get to every work site, she said.
As a result, the community coordinators file reports explaining what happened with their projects, Schnell said.
The tally of formal participation helps Lorain County apply for funding and supplies, she said.
Anyone who wants to find out information about the community projects, can call Schnell at Lorain County Solid Waste on May 17 and May 18. The number is 440-328-2249.
In 2017, Pride Day brought out 2,149 volunteers in 21 communities.
They gathered 783 bags of litter over 76.5 miles of roads, 140 acres of parks and 23 playgrounds.
Last year’s haul included 95 bags of plastic bottles, 107 bags of aluminum cans and 520 tires for recycling, according to Schnell’s figures.
The county keeps a formal count of the projects because the data helps in applying for funding and supplies for future Pride Days, she said.
As of mid-afternoon May 16, representatives from the communities had picked up their garbage bags, gloves, litter grabbers, bottled water and T-shirts from the Lorain County Collection Center, 540 S. Abbe Road in Elyria.
William J. Oliver, administrative assistant and zoning inspector for Carlisle Township, said about 20 to 25 residents would participate in that township.
One project is to plant flowers around the township fire station, Oliver said.
“Just spruce your neighborhood up,” he said.
Oberlin held its first tire round-up in 2017 and collected 156 tires, said Lori Sprosty, recycling coordinator for the city.
Oberlin will have another tire roundup May 19, Sprosty said, a recyclable Styrofoam drop off site runs through May 20 at Ace Hardware, 291 S. Main St. in Oberlin.
The city of Lorain has about 350 volunteers signed up to work at 24 sites around town, said Deputy Safety-Service Director Phil Dore, chief of staff to Mayor Chase Ritenauer.
From left: Sheffield Township worker Paul Young, Brandi Schnell, community outreach coordinator for the Lorain County Solid Waste District, and Lorain County Collection Center worker George Klocek, load Pride Day supplies for Sheffield Township on May 16, at the Collection Center in Elyria.