Help protect and clean green spaces in honor of Earth Day during Five Rivers MetroParks’ 31st Annual Adopt-a-Park, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Register online by Friday, April 6, at www.metroparks.org/adopt. Groups are encouraged to register early to ensure space at available sites.
Volunteers of all ages, accessibility levels and backgrounds join forces during MetroParks’ largest annual day of service to make parks and river corridors healthier, more attractive and friendlier places to visit. At more than two dozen sites throughout the Dayton area, volunteers will participate in projects aimed at improving the environment. During Adopt-a-Park, volunteers are needed to help clean and remove trash, make trail repairs, garden, removing invasive plant species and more.
“We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park. The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn’t be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers,” said Kepler. “It’s the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians.”
During this year’s Adopt-a-Park, volunteers are needed to help clean and remove trash, make trail repairs, garden, remove invasive plant species and more. Project supplies will be provided. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Participants should bring water and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch at RiverScape MetroPark.
In 2017, more than 1,800 volunteers worked at 50 sites to remove trash, spread gravel, plant trees, prepare flower beds, paint buildings and more. Last year, 65,000 pounds of trash were collected, including 250 tires. Multi-use, equestrian and walking trails were widened, and trail erosion was fixed. Additionally, 32 miles of riverways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed.
“There is so much accomplished during Adopt-a-Park to protect and beautify our parks, river corridors and greenspaces,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers MetroParks. “I think the success of this event reflects the community’s support of MetroParks’ mission to protect the region’s natural heritage.”
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas,Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by theCommission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn moreabout Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).