By Kevin Kelley
If you’re not doing anything the morning of May 11, the Fairview Park Green Team could use your help.
The Green Team, formed in the summer of 2011 to promote recycling and other environmentally beneficial initiatives, has declared the second Saturday of May this year to be “Freshen Up Fairview Park Day.”
“The idea behind this is to beautify the city,” said Matthew Hrubey, a development administrator in the city’s Economic Development Department. He credits Green Team volunteer Angie DeRosa with coming up with the idea.
In an effort to encourage more community involvement and pride, the Green Team is asking residents to help spruce up the city’s parks and other locations. In addition to picking up litter, volunteers will be called upon to do raking, weeding and edging. Others may be asked to pick up branches or prepare garden beds for later planting by the Fairview Park Garden Club.
Green Team members say the project is a great opportunity for students who need to fulfill community service obligations.
“We’re looking for as much support as we can get,” Hrubey told West Life.
Volunteers are asked to meet in the community room in the basement of Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road, at 9 a.m. the morning of May 11. The endeavor will be undertaken rain or shine, Hrubey said. Individuals and groups will be assigned various locations at which to work. The following sites have been designated as targeted areas by the Green Team:
- Fairview Park Cemetery
- city parks: Bain Park, Morton Park, Bohlken Park, Grannis Park, Nelson Russ Park
- garden beds serviced by the Garden Club
- locations along Lorain Road
- the former Coffinberry school site
- four or five vacant, foreclosed homes
Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, pruners, rakes, shovels for edging and a bottle of water. Individuals wishing to volunteer should simply show up at City Hall at 9 a.m. May 11. Leaders of groups wishing to participate are asked to send an e-mail in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work is expected to be wrapped up by noon.
The city has filed an application with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District for a grant to provide litter supply kits for the project. Each kit includes trash and recycling bags; in addition, the county agency lends shovels, safety vests and gloves. Green Team members are in the process of soliciting donations of materials for the project from area businesses.
More information about the May 11 effort can be found online at www.fairviewpark.org/freshen-up-fairview-park.html. Those with questions can call Hrubey at 440-356-4499.