It has certainly been a very long winter with snow, wind and cold temperatures for many months. However, spring has now arrived and citizens are finally getting outside to begin preparing for the next six months of our always beautiful spring and summer.
Our April Friends of the Parks Day has been an annual event for the past 27 years. This event is sponsored by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department and traditionally brings staff together with many citizen volunteers to clean up and freshen all of our many city parks.
We have recently developed a Beautification Committee that has become energized and is actively developing strategies to assist in raising awareness of the importance of beautification within our city. Loretta Schneider is our council liaison to this committee.
This 28th annual event has now been expanded and is identified as Friends of the Parks Day and the Great Cape Cleanup. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27. This expanded event is being hosted by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, Keep Cape Beautiful Beautification Committee, Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
This group has an ambitious goal of enlisting 100 groups or businesses and 1000 volunteers that will work that morning to clean and beautify our city. They are asking that school groups, church organizations, service clubs, and businesses respond to this call for cleanup.
Many things can be accomplished that day to help to beautify Cape Girardeau including but not limited to planting trees and flowers, picking up litter, weeding, raking, mulching, trimming, and painting.
I would encourage citizens to call the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department to sign up your site and group or to get information about joining one of the Parks groups. The number is 573-339-6340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is not intended to be a single day occurrence but is designed to make citizens more aware of our beautification opportunities on a daily basis. As an example, I have observed a man several times who is walking getting his exercise on Lexington Avenue and North Sprigg Street. He is always carrying a bag and picking up litter along the way as he walks. I have never stopped but I plan to do so soon to thank him for his concern and effort toward Keeping Cape Beautiful.
Thank you in advance for calling and participating in this important event and for doing your personal part in making Cape Girardeau even more beautiful and improving our wonderful quality of life.