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The popular Heritage Park Cleanup Day is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Founder Jim Taylor joined Mayor Rick Sollars, Karl Ziomek and host Dr. Paul Reeves on the City of Taylor podcast to discuss the event.
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The Heritage Park Cleanup Day is an annual event now in its fourth season under the direction of Jim Taylor.
It started simply enough: During the harsh winter of 2013-14, Jim was walking through the far eastern reaches of Heritage Park, through the wooded areas that are located between the park and the Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus. And he didn't like what he saw. The tree lines were filled with trash, and much of the debris has been there for years. He spent the rest of the day filling 13 trash bags himself. Eventually, another resident, Dave Gorgon, happened by. Dave is a retired City employee who hosts a popular Facebook page, "Heritage Park Photo of the Day." Dave wondered what Jim was doing out there by himself ... and slowly but surely, an idea was hatched for a Heritage Park Cleanup Day.
Eventually, the idea was hatched to bring volunteers together each spring to cleanup the park ... and have plenty of fun. The first year, the cleanup attracted nearly 270 people from across the Downriver region. It attracted 35 sponsors and ended up carting an unbelievable five and a half dump trucks full out debris out of the park. In 2015 and 2016, the cleanup attracted an average of 225 people and 40 sponsors, proving that it is an event that will stand the test of time.
To register electronically, click here.
This year's cleanup corresponds with Earth Day.
For more information on the program, click here.
The Heritage Park Cleanup Day Facebook page is located here.