MTSU volunteers urged to lend hand at April 11 park cleanup event

The MTSU Stormwater Program is partnering with other organizations this weekend to provide a volunteer opportunity for the MTSU community to help keep our parks clean.

The Stormwater Program, Stones River National Battlefield and 10 other local partners will host a major volunteer event on Saturday, April 11, that will kickoff the community’s celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.stormwater logo

An estimated 250 to 300 volunteers will gather at the Old Fort Park and work to remove invasive exotic plants and trash from city and National Park Service areas including Old Fort Park, Fortress Rosecrans, Lytle Creek, and the Lytle Creek Greenway.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Picnic Pavilion No. 2 in Old Fort Park. Wal-Mart and the Friends of Stones River National Battlefield will provide lunch. Following lunch, participants are invited to join a park ranger for a special walking tour of Fortress Rosecrans.

park day logo copyThose wanting to volunteer will be required to provide a signed agreement form to participate that day. For a copy of the form, email Amanda Sherlin with the MTSU Stormwater Program at amanda.sherlin@mtsu.edu.

This event is part of United Way Days of Action, MTSU’s Big Event Series, and the local “Defending Our Rivers” protection initiative under the city of Murfreesboro and MTSU’s Stormwater Program. MTSU students are encouraged to volunteer.

Organizers remind volunteers that closed-toe, sturdy shoes are required, and long pants and shirts are recommended. Waterproof boots and/or waders are also recommended if available, as well as a recyclable water bottle.

This event is also part of Park Day, a nationwide event to encourage volunteer service to preserve one of our nation’s most important Civil War sites sponsored by the Civil War Trust, HistoryTM, and Take Pride in America.

For more information about the MTSU Stormwater Program, visit www.mtsu.edu/stormwater.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)