FULTON, NY – Just one day before Earth Day 2018, volunteers gathered in downtown Fulton to help collect trash and beautify the area as Friends of Fulton Parks participated in the annual Canal Clean Sweep with their Sparkle-A-Park cleanup.
One group of volunteers collected litter from along the Oswego River on the city’s Towpath Trail while another group worked to beautify Veterans Park on South First Street including the area between the downtown gazebo and the Fulton Public Library.
“It’s been a great turnout, everyone is positive and having fun. This is a great way to help beautify our city, promote community spirit and allow people to come together that might not have otherwise for a common goal,” said Friends of Fulton Parks president, Kelley Weaver.
Team Red, White and Blue (RWB), a veterans outreach group, volunteered a dozen members at the event to help beautify Fulton’s Veterans Park.
The group maintains a commitment to “enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”
Though you don’t have to be a veteran to join the group, a commitment to volunteerism, athletics, and social activities for a good cause is precedent for Team RWB whose Oswego chapter maintains over 300 members.
“We are just a group of good people doing good things. We want to be a part of the community, helping anyone who may need some extra hands in any way we can be of value,” said Team RWB community director, Jeanne Ritz.
Another group of individual volunteers worked along the Oswego River Towpath Trail and between the downtown gazebo and Fulton Public Library to remove litter.
Volunteers of all ages joined together in an effort to help make the area beautiful and healthy.
“I think it’s important for the next generation of kids to understand that they can take care of their community. All it takes is a little effort and time put into the community, it’s yours,” said volunteer, Nichole Slocum whose 10 and nine-year-old daughters volunteered their time as well.
Friends of Fulton Parks hosts the event annually in an effort to promote awareness of the effects of littering and to maintain the beauty of Fulton’s waterway and local parks.
Friends of Fulton Parks works together with local schools to teach children about the effects of littering to the community in an effort to reduce the amount of litter throughout the city.
“It’s great to have a special event like this to bring awareness and get people involved but if we have people just clean up along their way, that’s how we keep things beautiful,” Weaver said.
For more information on Friends of Fulton Parks or to see upcoming events, visit their website, https://www.friendsoffultonparks.org/