TAYLOR — Heritage Park Cleanup Day is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. April 22.
The annual event, now in its fourth season, is under the direction of Jim Taylor.
It started simply enough: During the harsh winter of 2013-14, Taylor was walking through the far eastern reaches of Heritage Park, through the wooded areas that are located between the park and the Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus. He didn’t like what he saw. The tree lines were filled with trash, and much of the debris has been there for years. He spent the rest of the day filling 13 trash bags himself.
Eventually, another resident, Dave Gorgon, happened by. Gorgon is a retired city of Taylor employee who hosts the Facebook page, “Heritage Park Photo of the Day.” Gorgon wondered what Taylor was doing out there by himself. And slowly but surely, an idea was hatched for a Heritage Park Cleanup Day.
Eventually, the idea was hatched to bring volunteers together each spring to cleanup the park — and have fun.
The first year, the cleanup attracted nearly 270 people from throughout Downriver. It attracted 35 sponsors and ended up carting five-and-a-half dump trucks full of debris out of the park. In 2015 and 2016, the cleanup attracted an average of 225 people and 40 sponsors.
This year’s cleanup corresponds with Earth Day.
To register electronically, go to www.cityoftaylor.com/FormCenter/Parks-Recreation-Forms-18/Heritage-Park-Clean-Up-Day-Registration–152.
For more information on the program, go to www.cityoftaylor.com/438/Heritage-Park-Cleanup-Day.
The Heritage Park Cleanup Day Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/Heritage-Park-Clean-up-Day-539519469498633.
(This story originally appeared at www.cityoftaylor.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=247.)