January 14, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

National Day of Service in Parks

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will celebrate National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 19 by organizing a clean-up event and encouraging citizens to make a difference in the community.

An organized cleanup will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. from Silver Springs, 1100 N. Hampton Ave, to Smith Parks, 1536 E. Division St. Volunteer groups and individuals can assist with picking up debris from the stream channel connecting the two parks, assist with park litter removal, or raking small limbs, leaves and remaining wood chips from stump removal. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring rakes, work gloves, sturdy shoes and a water bottle. Volunteers should meet at 1 p.m. at Silver Springs Park’s parking lot for instructions. Groups wishing to participate are asked to RSVP to Ben Kellner, Parks Supervisor of Landscape, Forestry and Greenways, (417) 864-1178.

The Park Board also encourages citizens throughout the community to enjoy a walk through one of its 92 park site locations, or along the more than 80 miles of linear park greenway trails. While doing so, assistance in litter collection is appreciated. Trash receptacles are located in all public parks and at all trailheads. For a complete list and map of park and greenway sites throughout the metropolitan parks system, visit www.parkboard.org or www.ozarkgreenways.org.

As the centerpiece of the Renew America Together initiative, thousands of people across the country will be involved on Monday with volunteering for programs and projects to help local communities. For more information, visit www.USAservice.org.

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For more information, media contact: Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-2176 or (417) 839-2005.