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 Park, The Forest Park Ministers Association, AT&T Pioneers, Forest Park Kiwanis, Keep 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?