Cleanup continues in Forest Park

Forest Park residents will beautify their neighborhoods Saturday, May 15 as The Great American Cleanup continues in Clayton county.

Although the city hosted for the past three years straight, the newly formed Forest Park Teen Council takes the reins in 2010. “This project is a result of the concerns expressed by the teen council … where they want to take part in improving their quality of life,” explains Forest Park Mayor Pro-Tem/Councilwoman Sparkle Adams. The council, which consists of 47 teens from various Forest Park schools, are concerned about the environment, recycling, public safety, foreclosed and abandoned homes, gangs and graffiti in their neighborhoods.

The cleanup begins at the Paradise Church of God in Christ (Gym and Cultural Center, 4295 Hendrix Drive). Help will come from The City of Forest ParkThe Forest Park Ministers Association, AT&T Pioneers, Forest Park KiwanisKeep Clayton County Beautiful, Forest Park Public Works Department and The Decorum Group among others, but volunteers are still needed.

“The city is providing the plants/flowers and large planters that will be strategically placed on street corners and intersections,” adds Adams. “We presently have some planters already situated at certain intersections from last year wherein we will refresh those flowers. I encourage all to come out and manicure their own property.”

Coffee and donuts will be provided to those who arrive at 9:00 AM, along with trash bags and gloves. Yard tools will not be supplied. Donations of water, snack items, trash bags and gloves are also needed. Contact Dr. Beeler (678.207.8904) or Edie Yongue (770.473.5996)). Cleanup ends at noon with snacks, beverages and dessert.

“It’s not like Forest Park is extremely dirty, but it’s a chance for the community to come together,” says Dr. Leon Beeler, President of the FPMA. “Our mission is to see a redefinition of community. The churches, citizens and government have been disconnected so long; our main effort is to make a reconnection. If one segment of the community improves, it will improve the entire community.”

Will you participate in Forest Park’s cleanup effort?

20 comments Add your comment


May 10th, 2010
5:09 pm

I’ve helped clean up for the past two years and would do it again if I was in town next weekend. Hope you guys get lots of help.

Focus Group

May 11th, 2010
7:56 am

Planting flowers? Ya, that’s gonna take care of the problems.


May 11th, 2010
11:28 am

Thank you for that information/education.


May 11th, 2010
11:40 am

Focus Group
Bit of education. Yes planting flowers does have an impact on a community. It is like a ripple affect. One neighbor fixes up, then the next, then the next and so on and so! May I refer you to an article by C. Jeanne Heida entitled, “Reversing the Broken Window Syndrome.” You are so right continuous learning makes us all better people


May 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Focus Group
Bit of education. Yes planting flowers does have an impact on a community. It is like a ripple affect. One neighbor fixes up, then the next, then the next and so on and so! May I refer you to an article by C. Jeanne Heida entitled, “Reversing the Broken Window Syndrome.” You are so right continuous learning makes us all better people.


May 11th, 2010
6:00 pm

Victor Hill why are you calling voters and telling them to vote Singleton out? You and your cohorts are making a mockery out of the election process. Your gutter politics will not work here any more. If you need and desire revenge, my advice is the best revenge is success. There will be no success for candidates running because of personal vendettas. Clayton County needs elected officials who care about the citizens, not somebody trying to get even!

Focus Group

May 12th, 2010
8:25 am

Flowers die and planters must be maintained on a continuous basis, not just once a year. Broken Windows deals with much more than an annual project. That just isn’t enough. A couple hours of picking up litter 4 times a year will do so much more for a community than planting once a year. It must be a continuous action of maintaining not just an occasional show of interest.

Forest Park man

May 12th, 2010
4:20 pm

I maintain my yard and property and will join in the cleanup next weekend. Will the tv cameras be there? could be a good chance to show off some good stuff happening around here even if it is just once a year.

Once Proud

May 12th, 2010
7:58 pm

Any time a community decides to beautify its surroundings its “GREAT”, don’t let naysayers rain on your parade/progress. Anything is better than “NOTHING”!

Focus Group

May 13th, 2010
8:00 am

Ya know what? I am going to have to agree with “Once Proud”. Ya’ll go out there and do your thing. Even if you inspire just one person to care a little more about their community, your efforts have been well worth it. Bravo!!


May 13th, 2010
8:14 am

Now Forest Park man, what would make you think that the media is actually going to cover something that is positive. The only thing they feed on is negativity. It would be nice to see someone from the media there, but trust me our company does alot for Clayton County as far as cleanup events and it never gets covered. We even have someone that is our Media Specialist, everytime we have something she sends them notifications, yet they never show up.


May 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

It is good to see that Forest Park is being cleaned up. Now we need to clean up the corruption at 112 Smith Street and overthrow the current Board of Commissioners. Can somebody have the FBI investigate these political puppets who are being controlled by Wade Starr and expel the Trotter residue on the Clayton County School Board?


May 13th, 2010
10:44 pm

Why don’t we start with cleaning you out of Clayton with your false assertions and lack of knowledge about the conduct and accomplishments made by this Board of Commissioners vs the old Board that robbed and raped the county? You never opened your mouth.

Now I happen to agree with you about the BOE. Although, it has nothing to do with Trotter (keep that falsehood). The Board of Education has not been properly cleared. They all, except one still take their orders from the Spivey Lake bearers of contracts with BOE. But don’t fret 2012 will bring the real change we need when we replace the 5 up for reelection that year. Patience and preparation breeds change.


May 14th, 2010
10:11 pm

OMG is either JT, GD, or SS. Hey guys, don’t forget to add:

…the Plurocrats
…the Prison Industrial Complex
…hanging ClayCo judges
…our innocent children who make a “mistake” aka a felony
…the cracker barrel guy
…and last but not least racism.



May 15th, 2010
12:30 am

OMG, you are a part of the package of fools that paid millions to the media and thought that making the county look stupid only two years ago could change on a dime. Now, suddenly you want a new image “Ain’t wanna happen! You bought it now live with it. Maybe ten more years!

Artful Dodger

May 15th, 2010
2:42 pm

Alot was say,however little was done! Yep, maybe ten more years! One more thing “ASimpleTruth” is simply silly!


May 15th, 2010
9:23 pm

All these negative comments are certainly not helping the situation in our county. Please run for office, vote, volunteer, campaign for your candidates, get involved…just do something besides type criticisms. We must be proactive and informed to turn this county back on the right track. We are getting there, but divisiveness isn’t the answer. Just look at the progress we made in the elections two years ago- the results this year should be even better when the voters are educated about the pertinent issues and the candidates’ platforms.


May 15th, 2010
10:24 pm

A simple truth and a real look–one and the same I am sure. I am reminded of several old adages:
‘A hit dog will holler.’ “You can not teach an old dog new tricks.” You are a hollering old dog. You are the fool with your mean-spirited, ignorant rants. Contribute something of significance or stay in your doghouse! I am OMG.


May 16th, 2010
9:34 pm

Thank you Morrow Dude very well said! Did you get that simple truth and a real look?

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