Fulton parks lookin’ good after Sparkle a Park event

Submitted by Kelley Weaver
Friends of Fulton Parks

What is Earth Week?

In 1969, at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held April 22, 1970.

In Fulton, N.Y., from April to May 2014 is a celebration of community and an opportunity to work outside together for the common good.

It is about our earth, and about the people who share it with us.

Among the Earth Week events were the Sparkle-a-Park activities, coordinated by Friends of Fulton Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Businesses, organizations, families, churches, youth, senior citizens, college students and individuals banded together to make a huge difference in our community parks this Earth Week.

Steve Ives and John Kardash used their chainsaw mastery to fell some trees and clear some brush at Rowlee Beach Park.

When asked why he volunteered, Ives replied, “This park was the center of life when I was growing up.” Kardash answered, “I want to make amends for the trouble I caused this city when I was young.”

The Bradley Warner family cleaned up litter from sections of Lincoln Park while Another Level Youth group, led by Chris Green, worked on more litter at the park.

Knowing that it is a sound practice to plant a tree if you cut one down, several students from the Cayuga Community College planted trees at Recreation Park. Price Chopper employees showed their concern for Recreation Park by raking and disposing of litter on Earth Day.

Walmart Personnel Director Michelle Sherman brought her granddaughters to “sparkle” Foster Park. Hailee shared her strong opinion about litter: “This litter is gross! Why don’t people throw trash in the garbage can?”

Her sister Alison stopped to smell the flowers. 

Mike Hardesty, Walmart Supercenter Manager, and several employees and families showed their appreciation of Foster Park by cleaning up litter and raking debris.

Del and Cherie Lenhart said “we love this park and want to help keep it clean.”

David Ryan, DJR Landscaping, offered his expertise and skill to perform a horticultural makeover at Schenck Park. He donated his materials and time for this project. Enjoy it as you pass by, or take a load off and sit on the nearby bench to enjoy.

Oswego Industries personnel and participants picked up litter at Van Buren Park. They enjoyed it so much, they want to help out during the summer also.

The Doug Chapman family “sparkled” Bullhead Point because “it is a place that is special to our hearts.”

Members of Fulton Alliance Church removed litter from Veterans Park and the Towpath Trail as their annual participation in Canal Clean Sweep.

On May 10 (today), Dental Health Solutions will be working at Patrick Park and Another Level Youth will be working at Quirk Park. Feel free to join them!

Everyone who helped to beautify the city also helped to inspire or encourage others to take pride in our small piece of the earth.

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