Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970. This day has been set aside each year to recognize our Earth and promote greater environmental awareness through education, action and celebration. To commemorate this day the Port Clinton Recreation Department and the OSS Solid Waste District will once again be providing the Port Clinton City Beach and Park Cleanup. The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are needed and are asked to report to the Lakeview Park Shelter House with gloves, rakes and lots of energy. Dress appropriately for the weather.
The Cleanup began in the early 1990s when it was a part of the “Lake Erie Shoreline Sweep,” which was an annual spring effort to clean all of the beaches along the Lake Erie Shoreline. Those beaches included the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge/Crane Creek Beach, East Harbor State Park Beach and the Port Clinton City Beach.
On average, close to 100 volunteers have collected approximately 3 tons of debris at the Lake Erie Shoreline Sweep event. Areas that will be cleaned this year during the event include the beach, Lakeview Park and Water Works Park area, an approximate 1-mile strip of our valued shoreline. Past volunteers have included scout groups, high school science and government classes, service organizations, members of the Friends of Lakeview Park committee and concerned citizens who simply wanted to make a difference.
A pizza lunch is being planned for volunteers after the event. Gloves and bags will be provided. For information on the event, call Brad Schwan at the OSS Solid Waste District 419-734-6783 or Tracy Colston of the PC Recreation Department 419-734-5522, ext. 6.