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Volunteers clean city parks

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photos courtesy of Alexia Harris
WEST AKRON — The recent “Our City, Our Parks” event, inspired by Keep Akron Beautiful’s Clean Up Akron Month and Earth Day, was a city park cleanup effort developed by Thomas Shaw, owner of Perfection Lawn Care and Landscaping, to encourage Akron residents to take pride in their neighborhood parks and do what they can to keep them clean and beautiful, according to organizers.

The parks included in the effort were Hawkins, Morgan, Perkins Woods, Prentiss and Summit Lake. Volunteers picked up trash and debris from the parks, playgrounds and basketball courts; removed weeds; applied mulch; cleaned sliding boards; and sanitized handles and various surfaces on playground equipment, according to organizers.

Each volunteer received a bag with Earth Day facts and learned ways they could help maintain neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and passes to the Akron Zoo were raffled, as well as bird feeders and strawberry plants.

Shown at right are volunteers who helped clean up Hawkins Park.

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