Among those participating in the park clean-up from left to right are Ron Doyle, Jared Ryan, Keith Geaslen, Josiah Clark, Todd Pinenschaum, Julian Fletcher, Kaleb Leon, Lance Perkins, Kryssalynn Fairchild, Rachel Spence, Devon Schroeder and Brandon Fletcher.
HUBER HEIGHTS — The park clean up on Saturday at Twin Creek Park was spurred by two young Huber Heights girls. Kryssalynn Fairchild, 10, and friend Rachel Spence visited the park earlier this summer and were upset to see trash on the ground and graffiti with cuss words on the small shelter house.
The two voiced their concerns to Kryssalynn’s mother, Michelle Ortel. Later the girls took pictures of the park and showed Ortel the photos and said that they wanted to paint.
“I had to stop them and tell them that they could not just go in and paint the park, that they had to take it to the city,” recalled Ortel. “My daughter insisted that I contact the city and before we knew it we were at one of the city Parks and Recreation Committee meetings for Huber Heights back in May. They listened to my daughter and her friend’s story about the park and also looked at the pictures. They said that if we could get a community together and/or organization we could clean the park.”
The trio asked Boy Scout Troop 390 to get involved and the group not only painted the shelter house on Saturday, but gathered up trash.
“I am proud of them for taking the time to be so concerned about their little park and the concern of the children of the community who attend play at the park,” said Ortel, concerning her daughter and her friend.
Ortel said they were excited to get the park cleaned up.
A larger clean-up effort, organized by Richard Shaw and several other Huber Heights residents, has been organized for later this month at no cost to the local taxpayers. Known as the Cloud Park Community Pride Clean-Up Day, this event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Shaw did pitch his complete idea for the event with the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Lunch will be provided by the two restaurant sponsors Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and Texas Roadhouse at noon for those who volunteer. Drinks and ice will be provided by Huber Heights Little League and Sonic Drive Thru.
Event t-shirts will be provided to the first 30 volunteers. Shirts are made by Rescue 1 Vinyl and sponsored by The Heights Café, Heights Farmers Market and Otto & Associates.
The Community Pride Cleanup Supply Trailer will be supplied by The Montgomery County Solid Waste District. The trailer is normally available for loan to Montgomery County residents and community volunteer groups free of charge with a minimum of five households or a group with five volunteers involved. The trailer is stocked with landscaping tools to assist residents with removing debris and help with beautification in Montgomery County neighborhoods. Montgomery County will deliver and pick up the trailer from the designated project area.
Debris removal will be by Quality Mowing & Republic Services.
Shaw said that there are 45 registered participants and said he estimates this event could have 60 or more individuals.
To register for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Richard Shaw at 937-829-1209.Greg Smart may be reached at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.