BY MELANIE BUCK –
Both Queen Wilhelmina and Cossatot River State Parks will host their annual Clean-Up day this Saturday. The clean-up is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB). Litter can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come. By participating in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup, you can help make Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area a beautiful place to share with future generations.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter-pickup effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in.
Cossatot River State Park will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st, with sign-ups at the Visitor Center. Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and pick-up sticks or grabbers. Volunteers will be transported to where they will be working throughout the park. Safety vests, trash bags, gloves and other supplies will be provided. They also highly recommend wearing boots and insect repellant for the event. Lunch will be provided to those who participate.
At Queen Wilhelmina State Park, volunteers are invited to help pick up trash along the beautiful Talimena Scenic Drive, Wonder House, trails, and around the park lodge. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Amphitheater beside the Wonder House. This is where you pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and receive cleanup location assignments. Volunteers will meet back at the Amphitheater at noon to conclude and gather all bags of trash. The first volunteers to register receive a free t-shirt. Prizes will be given at the end. Bring your snacks, water, and pick-up sticks or grabbers, which are highly recommended.
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.