Spring has officially sprung here in Macomb County! Buds are sprouting, flowers are blooming and just about everything is turning a lovely emerald green color. All of this activity makes it a wonderful time of year to get outside and enjoy our region’s many parks and outdoor spaces. But before we can fully immerse ourselves in nature, there’s some work that needs to be done. Just like you and I clear out our yards after the long slog of fall and winter, our parks need clearing too.
What does that mean exactly? Well, sometimes wind blows garbage into the area, disturbing pristine settings and potentially harming the plants and animals that live in these delicate ecosystems. Other times paths and walkways simply need debris cleared so they can be accessible for everyone during the summer months. All told, there’s some serious work to be done and that’s why your help is essential for getting everything in tip top condition.
One specific park in need of assistance is the Wetzel State Recreation area, Macomb County’s only state park. On Saturday, May 4 at 9 a.m., the Friends of WC Wetzel State Park are hosting the annual Wetzel SRA Cleanup. All members of the public are invited to attend and help in the effort. Lunch will be provided and children that accompany an adult will be awarded a certificate of park stewardship.
Organizers ask that all volunteers bring work gloves and boots and dress appropriately for the weather – as the cleanup will take place rain or shine. For additional information, meeting location and directions, click here.
If you’re able, we highly encourage participation in events like the Wetzel Park cleanup. Our green spaces are valuable resources that make our county special. To ensure that this remains the case, we need everyone to pitch in and help out. A little effort will go a long way.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.