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Ward-Pugh hosts cleanup on Sept. 26th on National Public Lands Day

Tuesday September 22, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

It is 1.5 miles of beauty and nature that provide a public recreational area along the Beargrass Creek. Like many areas, its beauty can be covered up by trash and debris. So the call is going out for volunteers to help maintain the beauty of one of Louisville Metro’s most important creeks.

“When we have put out similar calls, volunteers come forward to help us cleanup the areas of District 9 which we have come to love,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh. “This weekend is special because all across the country similar groups will try to achieve a major goal to maintain public areas.”

As part of National Public Lands Day, Ward-Pugh, the Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Natural Areas division of Metro Parks will host the clean up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The starting point for the cleanup is at the entrance of the Greenway located at Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive.

“The Girls Scouts will be focused on cleaning up the section of the Greenway that is literally the backyard of their headquarters,” says Ward-Pugh. “It is great to see these girls, like many other in our district, taking a sense of pride and stewardship of our environment.”

The goal of the Saturday cleanup is to remove trash and debris as well as remove invasive plants. More than 120,000 across the nation will be doing similar work at 1500 public land sites.

Ward-Pugh and Heine Brothers will be providing coffee and snacks. Metro Parks will provide the necessary tools for volunteers to use.

“I would ask anyone if you enjoy walking or biking along the Beargrass Creek, take the time to give something back to this beautiful area,” says Ward-Pugh. “These efforts to take care of our environment are an investment in the future. So please, come help us if you can.”

For more information about the National Public Lands Day Cleanup of the Beargrass Creek Greenway at Irish Hill, contact Samantha Davis in Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9