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April 15, 2014

Volunteers spruce up area around Eagle Creek Park

Several volunteers took advantage of the nice weather this past weekend to pick up trash at Eagle Creek Park during the Great Indy Cleanup.

The Great Indy Cleanup is a program of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. It’s an anti-litter program in partnership with the city, designed to combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, greenspaces, and waterways.

The group at Eagle Creek Park concentrated on cleaning up the causeway and grounds west of the reservoir.

Eagle Creek Park Foundation board member Manjit Trehan was on hand to take photos and help with the cleanup.

“I joined the foundation last year,” he said. “We’ve found some very interesting things already. We found a cell phone and a Black and Decker drill.”

His group also uncovered an abandoned goose nest that still contained an egg.

“We think they had to abandon the nest because of the material that was dumped there,” Trehan said. “That material is very dangerous for water fowl.”

In the past, the annual cleanup has uncovered things like toilets and car bumpers.

Trehan said he was very pleased with the turnout of volunteers.

Fellow foundation board member Larry Messing also pitched into help.

“You know, it would be great if we had volunteers come out and we found nothing to clean up,” Messing said. “Unfortunately, we have plenty of full bags of trash. It’s sad that with just an extra few minutes people could put this where it properly goes. But they don’t. We even found a basketball.”

The Go Ape! Program within the Eagle Creek Park came out to support the event and promote its programming. To find out more about Go Ape!, visit the website at goape.com/zip-line/indiana-eagle-creek-park.

The Eagle Creek Park Foundation, Inc. provides resources over and above those included in municipal support to enhance the park. The foundation was formed in 1978 to protect, promote, enhance, and support Eagle Creek Park. ECPF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of more than 1,100 members.

A board of directors with a maximum of 21 directors who each serve three-year terms governs ECPF and there is a three-term limit. The directors elect officers each year.

For more information about the Eagle Creek Foundation or how to get involved, visit the website at www.eaglecreekpark.org.

For more information on events organized by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), visit the website at www.kibi.org.

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