Monday, September 1, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Heritage Park cleanup draws 30 people

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Haley Kile, 10, left, and Monica Phillips pick up litter at Heritage Park in Suisun City, Saturday. Volunteers gathered to help clean up the park. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A5 | May 18, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — A community cleanup idea a year in the making yielded results Saturday as a small army of volunteers descended on a local park.

About 30 people came together for the first Get Out and Enjoy the Park Day to help pull weeds, pick up trash and clean the restrooms and sidewalks at Heritage Park on Village Drive.

“They even swept the parking lot with brooms, and pulled the weeds from the cracks in the sidewalk,” said Mick Jessop, director of Recreation and Community Services.

The park cleanup was planned about a year ago by Commissioner Angel Borja of the Park and Recreation Commission, who wanted to do something to help beautify the community.

A hot dog barbecue was provided for the hungry workers, along with water to help them get through the four hours of work.

“The cleanup has pretty much been the responsibility of the city, but with cutbacks and being short-staffed, it’s been tough keeping up,” Jessop said. “This is a way to get the community to participate in keeping their town clean.”

“It is great to see the community involved,” Borja said. “People really have shown their support for the city.”

The cleanup was in conjunction with the National Get Out and Enjoy the Park Day.

“We hoped people would come out and enjoy the park,” Jessop said. “These areas are really for the whole community to enjoy.”

Future cleanup days might be in the works for the summer.

“We plan to bring that up at our next meeting,” Borja said. “The people have been great and so supportive coming out and helping.”

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Wausa, Nebraska. She lives in Vacaville with her husband and dog.
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