Help wanted for lo­cal green spa­ces

♦ Vol­un­teers sought for new Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful pro­gram

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful needs vol­un­teer help with a new pro­gram now un­der­way to en­sure that lo­cal green spa­ces en­joyed by all stay pris­tine and proper.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Randy Cook is ask­ing for those who are will­ing to help with cleanup ef­forts at a va­ri­ety of places – like the Pin­hoti Trail­heads or Se­aborn Jones Park as ex­am­ples – so that when oth­ers go to en­joy the trails, parks and other re­cre­ation ar­eas in Polk County, they aren’t lit­tered by trash.

The idea is to sup­ple­ment the ef­forts un­der­taken by work be­ing done by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pub­lic works de­part­ments, or DNR in the case of the J.L. Lester Wildlife Man­age­ment Area’s en­trances, Cook said.

“Hope­fully we can take back our green spa­ces,” he said. “We have a lot of green spa­ces, and that’s not in­clud­ing the whole of the Sil­ver Comet. That’s just the trail heads, the parks and such.”

Cook’s goal is to get dozens of vol­un­teers to sign up in in­ter­vals to pro­vide just a small amount of their time pick­ing up trash around the county with the goal in mind that the less there is to gather up in the green spa­ces, the more likely the idea of an­tilit­ter cam­paigns will take greater hold through­out the com­mu­nity.

He added that in places like Se­aborn Jones Park, the city makes great ef­forts to main­tain the space but that home­less­ness and vis­i­tors leave be­hind as much as they bring with them to the ar­eas.

“We’re hop­ing to go above and be­yond what the city does here and else­where,” Cook said.

Signups are al­ready un­der­way, and he’s got a grow­ing list of peo­ple who are will­ing to help.

Those who also want to par­tic­i­pate can con­tact Cook by call­ing 678-2461083 to learn more, or by e-mail­ing him at [email protected] cedar­town­ge­or­

Along with vol­un­teer help, do­na­tions for Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful are also needed and ap­pre­ci­ated.

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