Residents at a local shelter took time on Earth Day to clean up a neighboring park. These women take part in a class at the shelter that educates them on giving back to their community. Case Manager Shannon thought cleaning up a park where some of them spend their time away from the shelter would be a great idea. These women picked up one full bag of litter and one pound of cigarette litter!
Lincoln Elementary School is registered as a Nebraska Litter Free School Zone. The second graders wanted to make sure their school was clean and presentable for their end-of-the-year school picnic and also litter-free! They took time out of their day to pick up their schoolyard, but made sure the neighboring park and pool area were also clean!
On May 9th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) launched the 17th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 1,000 community volunteers took on critical neighborhoods at 59 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning local waterways, and planting trees in a residential neighborhood. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries, and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 16,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds, and bulky items. We would also like to thank our national sponsor, Niagara Bottling, whose employees brought their families to assist the cleanup effort in Riverside, CA.
KSB had the pleasure of hosting the McCutcheon High School class at the James Cole Outdoor Education Center. The students look forward to spending the afternoon in the JCOEC. They can kick back and watch the birds, fish, enjoy the wetlands and just get in touch with nature. Fishing is probably their favorite activity. Competition is steep to see who is the “expert” at fishing in the Cole Pond!
Recycle One will continue for a third year thanks to the 2015 Waste Management Think Green Grant of $10,000. Recycle One is a single stream program for aluminum, paper and plastic products. We hope to sustain a healthier environment by reducing pollution, re-purposing materials, and reducing the use of natural resources.
Cities today often operate on shoestring budgets, making the community improvement work of volunteer-based organizations like ours highly valuable. We plant trees, clean up litter, encourage recycling and enhance our surroundings – all efforts to improve the quality of life for Mississippians.
This year, as part of our Great American Cleanup State Kickoff, we worked with Keep Ridgeland Beautiful to transform a small park into a community resource.
Nestled in the historic McLaurin Heights neighborhood, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful board members discovered the park a few years ago and saw it as an opportunity for improvement by adding a picnic area, seating and improved recreation features. This cleanup helped Ridgeland take this park to the next level.
“We’re so thankful to all of the volunteers and partners who came together to make this project possible,” said Jan Richardson, chair of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful. “These upgrades to Midway Park are a blessing to the nearby neighborhood.”
One neighbor at the event told us, “I plan to keep an eye on this park and make sure its users keep it up.” It’s great to see how engaged the neighbors are.
During the cleanup, about 85 volunteers helped install grills, picnic tables, benches, trash, recycling receptacles and even a pergola. Students took the lead on building the pergola as part of a Technology Student Association construction challenge.
The basketball court was resurfaced leading up the cleanup, and volunteers striped new lines, cleaned backboards, put up new nets and added another goal. Volunteers also added wood chips to the park’s playground, where city employees installed to spring riders for young children.
We can’t forget our many volunteers with green thumbs. We spruced up the park with six new trees, dozens of shrubs and flowers, and fresh pine straw to enhance the aesthetics and soil of garden beds. They also picked up litter near the park, including a neighboring wooded area.
And finally, the park got an official sign, which will help ensure Ridgeland citizens know about this local place.
We’re thankful for the volunteers who gave their time and to our many sponsors who helped us make this work possible. Sponsors included: Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful, City of Ridgeland, Bulldog Construction Company, Bufkin Mechanical Inc., Waste Management, Ad Camp Inc., Southwest Distributors, Troy-Bilt, Brown Bottling Group, MMC, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Audubon Homeowners Association, First Ridgeland Baptist Church, Mississippi Railroad Association and Ridgeland City Garden Club.
It’s amazing how we can improve and enhance places, like Midway Park, when working together. Projects like this one are happening across Mississippi as part of the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide clean sweep. More than 200 Great American Cleanups will happen in Mississippi from March to May. Let’s keep up the good work in keeping Mississippi beautiful!
Thanks to eight months of hard work of many volunteers and grants from Keep America Beautiful, Lowe’s and Dow, the grand opening of of Keep Highway Park Beautiful’s Village Green Community Park & Resource Center took place on Saturday, May 2, in Lake Placid, Fla. The event coincided with the Great American Cleanup and FDOT-Keep Our Paradise Litter Free DIH Trash Off. Though work continues, what was once an eyesore to the community is now a nice park, which includes a facility to serve as a small community center.
Community Volunteers help with the Community Flower Pass Out. The Stockwell community picked their town flower last year, Purple Cone Flower. This flower is native to Indiana. KSB wrote a grant to the Indiana Native Plants and Wildflower Society and received funding for plants for the residents of Stockwell. Board Members, 4-H group and local church members passed out 260 flowers door to door. The Purple Cone Flower will bloom with pride in the town of Stockwell!!!!