Park cleanup a total community effort

Last week, Marshalltown came out to show PRIDE in our community. More than 140 residents joined CLEANIAC, to clean 11 parks for a busy season of use. In addition, two elementary schools cleaned up their neighborhoods and other community locations. It is really exciting to see people so involved.

A special thank you goes to Independent Insurance for allowing use of their electronic sign to promote the park cleanup, as well as the need for volunteers. Chief Michael Tupper was a true advocate for the event, by reaching out to many people in the community, as well as personally working at more than one park during the week. Thanks, also to Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Department, for providing the compost leaf bags, and to Park & Rec, Steve Anderson and Joel Greer for picking them up when filled.

The following groups, churches and individuals joined to make CLEANIAC’S Earth Week a success: Hy-Vee, Faith Church, St.Mary/St.Henry’s Youth and adult advisors, 10 classes from Rogers Elementary, 11 classes from St. Francis School, Boy Scout Troop 308, Members 1st Credit Union, Emerson, Mechdyne, Center Street Dairy Queen (treats for volunteers at Mega 10 and Skate Park), the Y Togetherhood group, Miller Middle School student leaders and Principal Pat Rial, Restore Church, several Marshalltown city employees, and CLEANIAC Planning Team. A special thanks go to Desi Vergauwen, Marilee Weatherman, Benjamin Harris and Kayare McDonald, who were a big help at Lawrence Park. Andi and Hannah Walker cleaned their own neighborhood, after attempting to sign up for a park, but finding they were unavailable at the scheduled times. They set an example for the care of ALL Marshalltown neighborhoods, and not just our parks.

Volunteers reported the parks were in much better condition this year, appearing that our residents are showing PRIDE by properly disposing of their own trash and/or picking up after others who fail to do so. Congratulations to park users.

It is our plan to field teams in all city parks next year. I want to encourage people community-wide, to show your PRIDE IN MARSHALLTOWN. Contact CLEANIAC for ways you can help throughout the year, as well as during our park cleanup during Earth Week 2018.