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Volunteer opportunities at Memorial Park

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

To paraphrase the 35th President of the United States: Ask not what Memorial Park can do for you, but what you can do for Memorial Park.

There are hundreds of acres of woods, playgrounds, trails, and ponds seated at the corner of Memorial Drive and County Road 100 N in New Castle.

Now that Old Man Winter is hanging up his hat for the season, community members have the chance to roll up their sleeves and put their back into loving the park.

Memorial Park Superintendent Laurie Davis is looking for any service groups or individuals interested in volunteering to pick up limbs and trash around the park. Weeds are going to need pulled and trails will need cleaned up, too, Davis said.

The county’s middle and high schools often require students to perform some sort of community service during the year.

Davis said helping at Memorial Park can take care of those community service hours.

Memorial Park can provided a sign-off form showing the date and time of the volunteer work so students or groups can get credit towards service hours.

Davis has also scheduled official Spring Clean-Up Days to get groups together and handle large tasks.

These organized clean-up days are April 11, April 26 and May 10.

“Volunteers will also be needed to help replace the rest of the shingle roofs on the old shelters and restrooms, moving playground equipment, cutting brush, shoveling sand, painting playground equipment, repairing picnic tables, preparing flower beds and Memorials, and painting the tennis court fence,” Davis said.

Any volunteer groups who are interested in helping can contact the Memorial Park office at 765-529-1004.

Davis asks that volunteers contact her by Sunday, March 31. This will help her prioritize tasks.

“Thank you in advance for your interest and for volunteering with Henry County Memorial Park. This is one more step in beautifying our community,” Davis said. “We appreciate your time and effort in helping us prepare for the 2019 season.”