Grab your rakes, wheelbarrows and shovels—this .
For the , Cinnaminson volunteers, families, sports organizations and more will hit the township’s seven parks to clean up trash and debris.
“It’s community unity, from our younger generation all the way up to our older generation,” said Christine Turner, organizer for the event.
Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, a township-wide cleanup effort will kick off, beautifying the parks for the upcoming spring sports season. Lead volunteers are assigned to each park to assign areas to those who wish to help. The township is providing bottled water and trash bags and volunteers are asked to bring other tools such as rakes or spades.
Mayor Don Brauckmann, also the director of parks and recreation, said several township employees will be working that day to help collect trash and provide resources where needed.
Mulch for six of the seven township parks will be laid for volunteers to spread out at the playground locations. Mulch for Fountain Farms will wait until the . Township committee to Lowell Hartzell Monday evening for the installation.
Several township businesses are donating their goods, Turner said, such as and Riverton Pool and Garden; they are donating flowers. Jersey Mike’s, , , , and Chick-Fil-A in Delran are donating food for volunteers. Euro Star Automotive Repair Experts made a monetary contribution.
The cleanup day is ahead of opening day for baseball and softball, which will be held on April 14 and both Wood and Memorial parks. Turner said doing the cleanup now sets the tone for the summer, and hopefully the parks can stay clean.
“Basically, when the township residents see everyone cleaning up, it encourages them throughout the year to keep the parks clean,” Turner said.
Brauckmann agreed and, as he’s said in the past, thinks when residents participate in events like cleanup days, it gives a sense of ownership.
“You get people taking stock,” Brauckmann said. “I like the idea of mobilizing the community, and getting them together to take pride in the parks.”
Brauckmann will be using some leftover paint to touch up the kickwall at Wood Park. Turner will be visiting each park, at least three times throughout the morning and afternoon.
Extension Park lead Doug Sell, just like last year, will be organizing a community barbecue after the cleanup.
Cindy Pierson, president of the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association, will be asking her volunteers to set up shop at East Riverton Park.
The event will be held rain or shine, however if rains are heavy, the event will be cancelled. That decision will be made by 8 a.m. Saturday. Check back here at Patch for updates.
Those who wish to help can go to their neighborhood park at 9 a.m. Saturday. For information, contact Christine Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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