Volunteers Clean Up Creek Area

Volunteers Clean Up Creek Area
Journal Review
By Chris Barsotti

Troy Mitchell, who works with the City of Crawfordsville, was happy to see the nice turnout at the Friends of Sugar Creek and the city’s nature park cleanup event Saturday.

“We had about 25 people come out today, which is about our average, and is a nice number,” he said. “We try to focus on the areas around the creek but we also have people walking along U.S. 231 picking up trash there, too.”

The Sugar Creek Nature Park, near Elston Softball Complex, is the main focus of the cleanup and Mitchell said over the years of doing the project things have started to get better.

“It really seems like each time we come out here there is less and less trash to pick up,” Mitchell said. “It is an encouraging sign because it means that people are taking better care of the resource.”

Doug Calisch, a Friends of Sugar Creek board member, agreed with Mitchell saying it seems like there is less to clean up each time out.

“We are pleased to see less trash out here because it means people are listening and paying more attention,” he said. “But no matter how many times we come out here there is still work that needs to be done which is why we will continue to come out here.”

Calisch said the Friends of Sugar Creek have a mission statement and one of the goals is to have two cleanups per year.

“We actually probably have more than two cleanups per year,” he said. “It is important, though, because Sugar Creek is one of our natural resources in the county which is a big part of tourism and overall enjoyment by all in the county.

“It is so great to see people come out here and help us clean up the area and it is important to keep it clean.”

It isn’t just Montgomery County residents who were out helping Saturday, either. Lindsay Jenkins heard about it from a member of the Friends of Sugar Creek and decided to come down and help out.

“This is my first time out here and feel it is a great way to give back to nature,” she said. “I am in the forestry program at Purdue which means I am normally in the woods as opposed to the open areas, but this was a great chance to help out and I have enjoyed the area around here today.”

Cleaning up wasn’t the only thing volunteers were doing. Hawg Wild owner Tom Emerson was busy cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs for volunteers to enjoy.

“Tom does a great job each time we have a cleanup to come out here and supply food,” Mitchell said. “It is a great chance for people to come out and help a good cause and then they get to sit down and enjoy some good food.”

Mitchell said Saturday’s cleanup would be the last one of 2010, but said they will start back up again in the spring to make sure the park is cleaned once again.