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Mayor Announces City Participation in Commonwealth Cleanup Week

Tuesday March 20, 2007

Activities to Focus on Jefferson Memorial Forest

LOUISVILLE (March 20, 2007) – Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans to participate in Commonwealth Cleanup Week, which will be held March 25 through March 31. The Kentucky General Assembly has designated the fourth week in March as an opportunity for Kentuckians to participate in activities that highlight the natural beauty of their communities.

On Saturday, March 31, the city is focusing its cleanup efforts at the Jefferson Memorial ForestJefferson Memorial Forest. Tires, litter, debris and car parts are just some of the items that have been illegally dumped in the forest.

“Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest municipal urban forest, stands as a woodland tribute to Kentucky veterans who have served our nation in time of war.” Abramson said. “I hope residents will help us restore the natural beauty of this living monument.”

Efforts will be concentrated on two areas that have been identified as having the greatest need - Mitchell Hill Road and Top Hill Road. There will be roadside cleanup as well as clearing of a ravine.

Volunteers are needed to assist with this cleanup and are asked to meet at Tom Wallace Park across from the Welcome Center, 11311 Mitchell Hill Rd. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and lunch will be available. All equipment necessary for the cleanup such as gloves, bags, etc. will be provided.

This cleanup is coordinated by Metro Parks and Solid Waste Management to help keep our Parks beautiful and litter-free. To volunteer, contact Bennett Knox at 368-5404 or MetroCall at 311 (574-5000.)