HUBER HEIGHTS — The Cloud Park Community Pride Clean-Up Day, organized by Richard Shaw and several other Huber Heights residents, was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31. A total of 61 adults, including two Jr. ROTC groups and 10 children worked together to remove 750 pounds of trash and debris from the park.
Shaw said organizers had Cloud Park zoned off into eight separate areas.
“We were able to successfully cover all eight areas and almost every square inch of the park,” he said.
Shaw said he was excited by the amount of support that showed up.
“In my opinion, it was one of the largest volunteer efforts that I’ve seen to date in Huber Heights,” he said. “Everybody was excited, they were energetic and they were just pleased to come out and help the community. The fact that it was on a Friday and to have that many volunteers out on a Friday was astonishing by any stretch of the imagination. Everybody was eager to get to work and to get the park cleaned up.”
Shaw cited the efforts of the ROTC groups from Wayne and Fairborn was exemplary.
“They were phenomenal,” he said. “They brought 100 percent energy to the group and they did a phenomenal job. The young men and women that came out from those two groups definitely are the future of this community and definitely showed what they have available to offer in the near future by coming out and helping out.”
Lunch was provided by the two restaurant sponsors Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and Texas Roadhouse at noon for those who volunteered. Drinks and ice were provided by Huber Heights Little League and Sonic Drive Thru. Some peanuts and cold bottles of water were left over which were distributed to people that were visiting the Splash Pad.
Event t-shirts were made available to all of the volunteers. Shirts were made by Rescue 1 Vinyl and sponsored by The Heights Café, Heights Farmers Market and Otto & Associates.
The Community Pride Cleanup Supply Trailer was supplied by The Montgomery County Solid Waste District and was stocked with landscaping tools to assist residents with removing debris and help with beautification in Montgomery County neighborhoods.
Debris removal was by Quality Mowing & Republic Services.
Shaw said they were fortunate to be able to use some of the equipment that Huber Heights Little League had on site which he said was beneficial for some of the large debris items that were found.
Shaw called the day a “great community effort” and thanked the Public Works Dept. and the Parks & Rec Committee for their support of this project.
“I want to thank everybody in the city of Huber Heights that came out again and volunteered their time,” he said.
“Overall, it was a great day,” he added. “I can definitely say when we left that park around 2 p.m. that that park was in a lot better shape than what we found it that morning.”
Shaw said he anticipates this event will continue next year and said he hopes they can get as much support for next year’s event.
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