Cold weather may have shrunk the turnout, but it did not chill the resolve of volunteers who met at Riverfront Park yesterday to clean up litter the day before Earth Day.
“We just want to raise awareness about recycling and keeping our hometown clean,” said Pam Pescevic, who was among a handful of volunteers who donated their time to clean up trash at Riverfront Park and on the Barren Fork Greenway. “We have a beautiful town and we want to keep it that way for our children.”
Cold weather and misting rain Saturday afternoon curtailed the number of volunteers expected for the event. However, some volunteers braved the river to float along its banks looking for trash. Meanwhile, on shore, volunteers scoured the shore.
“I know the weather had a big impact on our turnout so hopefully this will be something we can do every year for Earth Day and maybe we will have better weather next year,” Pescevic said.
In addition to cleaning up the park, volunteers were on hand to hand out educational materials as well as recyclable bags.
“That’s the thing about recycling,” Pescevic said. “It really doesn’t take that long to separate paper, plastics and glass at home, or at the recycling center.”
Pescevic encourages families and places of business to start their own recycling plan, noting she started one where she works as a nurse at River Park Hospital.