WOODRIDGE – Trash bags, gloves and a pair of hands will be the most essential tools at an upcoming Woodridge event.
The Woodridge Park District will host its 2014 Community Clean Up the Parks Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet at Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park, 8301 Janes Ave., to participate.
“Community Clean Up the Parks Day allows residents to give back to the community by volunteering their time cleaning up Woodridge parks,” said Megan Pettit, public relations and marketing manager with the Woodridge Park District. “It is also a great way to promote teamwork and community involvement to groups such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and athletic teams.”
Volunteers will clean 12 to 14 of the park district’s sites, which include Castaldo Park, Orchard Hill Park, Windy Point Park, Sunnydale Park and Forest Glen Park, Pettit said. The park district will supply bags and gloves and will present volunteers with a T-shirt and recognition in this year’s Fall Activity Guide.
Pettit said the park district began the event 15 years ago to satisfy the need for volunteering.
“Families, neighbors, local groups and athletic teams enjoy both volunteering as a group and seeing their work make an impact where they live,” Pettit said.
Volunteers did make an impact on parks during the event last year, as Pettit said 8 yards of garbage and 50 gallons of recycling were collected. While about 300 residents volunteered last year, Pettit is hoping to see 300 to 400 volunteers this year.
Unwanted items that are discovered in the 42 parks that the Woodridge Park District maintains include plastics, such as water bottles, and paper, Pettit said. She added that dumping of unwanted household items such as mattresses, bikes and fencing is also common in wooded areas.
Pettit said the most effective way to maintain the parks is the put trash into the trash, put recyclables into the recycling cans and pick up after pets.
Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-ups are also welcome. To register, visit www.woodridgeparks.org.
For more information, contact the park district at 630-353-3300.