Metroparks celebrate Earth Day with a good cleaning

Earth Day (Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – You can celebrate Earth Day this year while giving back to the community at the same time.

Five Rivers MetroParks will hold its annual spring cleanup event Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Adopt-A-Park will cover 50 locations throughout the Dayton area.

Volunteers of all ages will perform various jobs to help keep the parks and river corridors healthy.

Projects include trash removal, mulching, invasive plant removal, gardening, seedling maintenance, planting, painting and more.

“Environmental stewardship is a top of priority at Five Rivers MetroParks,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers MetroParks. “We do this work year-round to help protect our environment, and the Adopt-a-Park volunteers help us create cleaner parks and natural spaces. With this year’s high water and snow, cleanup along our rivers and bikeways are especially important.”

About 28,000 pounds of litter was picked up in 2013. 6,000 new trees were planted.

More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate this year. Visit Five Rivers MetroParks online for more. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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