City seeks vol­un­teers to ‘spruce up’ West Wet­lands Satur­day

Vol­un­teers can help en­hance grant project

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

The Yuma city govern­ment and the Yuma Cross­ing Na­tional Her­itage Area are team­ing up to re­store ad­di­tional ar­eas in Yuma’s West Wet­lands, but to get the most out of a grant help­ing to fund that project, both are ask­ing res­i­dents for a lit­tle bit of their time Satur­day morn­ing.

Parks and Recre­ation’s an­nual Spruce Up Your Park day will take place Satur­day from 7-10 a.m. start­ing at the boat launch at West Wet­lands Park, 282 N. 12th Ave.

“Please help out if you can, or help spread the word to some­one who might be avail­able,” the city said in a press re­lease.

Vol­un­teers are needed to help clean up trash and de­bris in the park in prepa­ra­tion for in­va­sive veg­e­ta­tion re­moval, which will be­gin the fol­low­ing week.

Work will take place between Cen­ten­nial Beach and the 4th Av­enue Bridge. Vol­un­teers should park ei­ther in the park­ing area pro­vided for the boat launch or in the lot ad­ja­cent to the Stewart Vin­cent Wolfe Cre­ative Play­ground.

Vol­un­teers are asked to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes and bring their own hats and sun­screen. Some sup­plies will be pro­vided; how­ever, if they have a fa­vorite pair of work gloves or a shovel, they are wel­come to bring those, too.

This event will kick­off the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Man­age­ment grant project re­cently awarded to the Her­itage Area to re­store 28 acres of ri­par­ian habi­tat in the West Wet­lands.

This grant project will also pro­vide fund­ing to cre­ate an out­door recre­ational class­room at West Wet­lands Park and will pro­vide a con­tigu­ous river­front trail con­nec­tion from West Wet­lands Park to the Yuma East Wet­lands.

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