FORT WAYNE – Mayors across the country are urging their residents to make contributions in sweat to the communities they call home, and local residents will have a chance to do that by helping clean up a park.
Mayor Tom Henry is joining more than 1,000 other mayors for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort that highlights the effect of national service in tackling city problems.
This year, Henry encourages the community to join the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, CANI’s AmeriCorps and Fort Wayne’s Volunteer Center to help clean up Klug Park on April 1.
The snowy, frigid winter was hard on the parks and Klug needs a little extra care to get it ready for the busy summer season, officials said.
Klug Park is off Charlotte Avenue, a few blocks north of Parkview Hospital Randallia.
National service shows the best of community spirit as we work together to find solutions to challenges, Henry said in a statement. Today, as we thank national service members for their commitment, let us all pledge to do our part to strengthen Fort Wayne through service and volunteering.
Last year, 832 mayors representing nearly 100 million people participated in the first mayors day of service.
The initiative is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; the National League of Cities; and Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., who is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
This cleanup is an extension of a successful partnership the Parks and Recreation Department has with the Volunteer Center called Adopt-a-Playground, said Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll.
Seventeen parks and playgrounds have been adopted by community groups, who commit to cleaning three times per year for their three-year adoption period, and there are plenty more parks available for adoption by business groups, church groups, even families, Moll said.
Volunteers interested in helping with the Klug Park clean-up should call 424-3405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday so enough trash bags and bottled water will be available. Volunteers should be at Klug Park by 3 p.m. April 1 to get signed in.
Groups interested in adopting a playground should contact Steve Schumacher at 427-6401 or email email@example.com.