2014-04-11 / Community

Land trust continues tradition

The South Portland Land Trust is again organizing its annual Earth Day Clean-up and invites area residents, businesses and organizations to participate by helping to clean-up parks, beaches, shorelines and trails across South Portland from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19.

The annual event has activated citizens since 1999. Groups and organizations are invited to select their own cleanup locations, rally their own memberships and then contact the trust to share logistical details. Participating organizations and businesses can find out more details and preregister to participate via email (sopolandtrust@gmail.com) or phone Richard Rottkov at 799-5686.

The main registration booth will open at 8:30 a.m. at Mill Creek Park, off Broadway. Participants can sign in, obtain instructions and receive bags and gloves at Mill Creek Park (along Cottage Road across from Hannaford). Individual participants and representatives from participating groups can walk or drive to their preferred clean-up location and bring back bags to Mill Creek Park by 11 a.m. The city of South Portland will collect all trash and debris after the event.

In the past volunteers have chosen to clean up sites throughout the city, including the Greenbelt Walkway, Hinckley Park, Mill Creek Park, Bug Light Park, Thomas Knight Park, Willard Beach, Mill Cove and Pleasantdale Cove. A variety of groups are again expected to participate, including neighborhood associations, local businesses, scouting groups and student groups.

Wear durable footwear and gloves. The use of hand tools is encouraged and young children should be accompanied by an adult. It is a rain or shine event.

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