The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 24, 2013

Geneva State Park needs volunteers for Earth Day

Star Beacon

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — It takes a whole year for Geneva State Park to become filled with litter and old tires, and a bunch of environmentally-conscious people are needed to clean up everything from the ditches to the beaches.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up shoreline and roadside litter in and around Geneva State Park on Saturday.

“The three-hour cleanup is being held to celebrate Earth Day, Keep America Beautiful Day and Arbor Day, Division of Parks and Recreation Chief Glenn Cobb said. “It is jointly sponsored by the park and the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake.”

In years past, volunteers have picked up more than 100 bags of trash each year and as many as 30 old tires. About half of the garbage is recycled. The park ends up with a lot of tires because they wash up on the shore line.

Registration for the day begins at 9 a.m. at the lodge, where volunteers will get their area assignments and trash bags and eat breakfast.

The event will be held rain or shine, and volunteers should dress for the weather and wear gloves, Cobb said.

“This is an excellent opportunity for schools, scouts or groups needing service hours or for anyone who wants an easy way to get involved in an organized community service project,” Cobb said.

Prior registration is recommended and can be made by calling the Geneva State Park office at 466-8400 or 415-1507.