Two organizations are rallying the community to help clean up local areas following the recent flooding in Williamson County and in anticipation of lots of sunshine and outdoor fun to come.
On Saturday, April 10, Friends of Franklin Parks is inviting the community to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm for two cleanup shifts — 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — to paint fences, clean up around the park and perform trail maintenance. A team of volunteers may also be directed to Aspen Grove Park to help with cleanup following the flooding on March 27 and 28.
“These are two great activities where you can spread out, be distanced, kind of work with your small group or your family,” said Torrey Barnhill, the executive director at Friends of Franklin Parks, noting that she loved seeing families sign up for this event together.
Friends of Franklin Parks typically organizes cleanup efforts like this during the spring to get the parks ready for their busy season.
Barnhill said Friends of Franklin Parks typically provides what volunteers need during these events, but she encouraged families to bring their favorite pair of work gloves and to dress appropriately for the work: pants and old clothes for painting.
“Everybody really understands the value of our parks and our trails, especially after a year of not being able to go to a lot of places, but parks and trails have been open and just a great refuge for a lot of people,” she said. “To be able to participate and take care of it in your own community, I think, is really special.”
Keep Fairview Beautiful, a community cleanup group, is also holding a litter pickup day on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 9 a.m. at Fairview City Hall. This group holds a trash cleanup day on the first Saturday of every month, with this month’s date being pushed a week due to the Easter holiday.
Stacy Greathouse, one of the group leaders, shared that it started with people in the community organizing their own individual cleanup events, and now the group's Facebook page has over 100 members.
He shared that helping clean up his community has opened his eyes to how much trash there is, not just in Fairview, but everywhere you go, expressing his disappointment when people carry trash in their car for miles before deciding to discard it out the window.
"I pick up cups from Baskin Robbins," he said. "I live in Fairview. I don't know where the closest Baskin Robbins is, but somebody made it 20 miles or so. They're almost home. Why not just get to your house?"
He shared that one upside to the recent flooding is that the water tends to carry litter and redeposit it in congregated areas, making it easier to clean up.
Greathouse recommends that those hoping to join Keep Fairview Beautiful for its cleanup events wear brightly colored clothes and bring their own gloves and trash grabbers if they have them.
To learn more about Friends of Franklin Parks and its upcoming events, visit FriendsOfFranklinParks.org or follow the nonprofit on Facebook and Instagram, @FriendsOfFranklinParks.
For more information about Keep Fairview Beautiful, visit its Facebook page or visit WilliamsonCounty-TN.gov/160/Keep-Williamson-Beautiful.