Volunteers are needed for six more clean-up activities scheduled in Perrysburg by the end of May.

PERISBURG, Ohio – Community members spent Saturday morning beautifying Eisenhower Park, right next to Mr. Frieze on the W. South Boundary in Perrysburg.

From 9 am to noon gathered more than a dozen volunteers, mostly young people. To get started they were given gloves, tools, protective vests and garbage bags.

The event was part of The great American cleaning of 2022nationwide activities organized by the group Keep America beautiful. Organizers say it is the largest cleanup program in the United States.

As part of their efforts, counties choose dates and times in their area to clean up areas that are important to them.

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The coordinator of the Garbage Prevention Office program in Paris, Judy Hagen, also known as the “Lady of Garbage”, explained how important it is for her to keep the parks clean.

“I’m very worried about garbage,” Hagen said. “Our parks are something we are very proud of, and they enjoy this park especially because it is next to Mr. Frieze. So it is very important that it is neat, tidy and clean. We like to do our best with the city and with our parks.

There are six more events in Perrysburg that community members can participate in during April and May:

Saturday, April 23 – Woodlands Park near the shelter
Saturday, April 30 – Orleans Park in a large stone parking lot
Saturday, May 7 – shelter house in the park Three Meadows
Saturday, May 14 – Hood Park Upper Parking
Saturday, May 21 – Davis-Overlook parking lot
Saturday, May 21 – Bicentennial Park parking near Mark Lane

Hagen stressed the importance of community members participating in this cleanup program.

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“You, as a resident, own the park,” Hagen said. “It’s like keeping your house or your own yard clean. And it’s not ‘Well, it’s someone else picking up or someone else taking care of it. You have to take responsibility for what is your own neighborhood.”

Those wishing to take part in future cleaning, rain or radiance activities can contact Judy Hagen at jhagen@ciperrysburg.oh.us or call 419-872-8034 for more information.

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