George Evans Park community clean up set for Aug. 11

Two of the main goals of the clean up day at George Evans Park will be to repair the pavilion and lay mulch or pine straw. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)

Staff Writer

A community clean up of George Evans Park, located on the corner of Spring Street and Spruill Place, will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Aug. 11.

The clean up day is sponsored by Keep Starkville Beautiful, Lowe’s, Lions Club and the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department.

Assistant City Planner and staff support for Keep Starkville Beautiful Emily Corban said George Evans Park has a great deal of work that needs to be done.

“Its not the Parks Department’s fault or the city’s fault,” Corban said. “We have a limited budget and limited resources. What we’ve tried to do is figure out a way to partner with the Parks Department, and this will be sort of like a spring cleaning and get this park back to square one. It’s just too much for the Parks staff to do alone. It’sa threadbare park with good bones, but it needs a large workforce.”

The main priorities for the day will include laying mulch and pine straw to stop erosion of red clay in the park, along with picking up litter maintenance of the play set equipment, Corban said. Plants, including irises donated by Jeremy Tabor and a native pollinator garden will be planted once temperatures cool off in the fall.

Corban said Lowe’s is participating in the event as their annual service project.

“One of the things they plan to do is improvements to pavilion, which is something as a staff we don’t have the ability to do,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity we haven’t had before, so we’re excited to see what happens.”

Volunteers need to just show up at the park Saturday morning and wear sunscreen, bug spray and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, Corban said. Tools and 100 pairs of gloves along with snacks and drinks will be provided. All ages and skill sets are welcome.

Keep Starkville Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

“In the Keep Starkville Beautiful chapter, we focus on litter prevention and beautification,” Corban said. “We have staff support through the city.”

Keep Starkville Beautiful also hosted a clean up day at Moncrief Park in April.