Join the Laurel Lake Cleanup on April 21April 18, 2012 by clackey
Volunteers of all ages are invited to join the 24th annual Laurel Lake Cleanup this Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the spillway beach at Laurel River Dam. (Click here for a map.)
All volunteers will receive a free PRIDE T-shirt, free lunch and a chance to win donated door prizes, including:
- Free bicycles
- Free one-day pontoon rental at Holly Bay Marina
- Free overnight stay at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
- Free overnight stay at Double Tree Inn, Lexington
- $125 off tires at Owens Auto & Truck Parts
“If you enjoy Laurel Lake, then please come out Saturday,” said Mark Davis of PRIDE, one of the cleanup organizers. “I guarantee you will have fun, especially hanging out with your friends and neighbors at the cookout, and it’s a great feeling to know you helped get our lake ready for visitors.”
“You do not need a boat to participate,” Davis said. “When you check in at the spillway, you can join a boat going out, or you will be assigned a spot that’s accessible by road.”
“If you do own a boat, we sure would appreciate your help transporting volunteers around the lake,” Davis said. “When boat owners check in at the spillway, we will give them trash bags and a map to show them where the trash is.”
“This is a kid-friendly event, so you can bring your whole family,” Davis added. “We have lots of bicycles to give away as door prizes, and there will be safe areas for kids to clean.”
All volunteers can compete for the “Catch of the Day” prize for finding the most unusual piece of trash.
Laurel County and Whitley County will compete for the “Cleanup Cup,” which is awarded to the county with the most volunteers.
Volunteer registration will open at 8 a.m. at the spillway beach at Laurel River Dam.
“Groups of volunteers may want to fill out their waiver forms ahead of time, to speed up their check-in process on Saturday morning,” Davis said. “You can pick those up at the London Ranger District Office, Holly Bay Marina and Grove Marina. You also can print them at the bottom of the page at www.kypride.org/spring-cleanup. Bring the completed forms to the registration area on Saturday morning.”
All volunteers should dress for the event by wearing long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, sunscreen, a hat and other weather-appropriate clothing. PRIDE will provide gloves, trash bags and safety vests.
Some boat transportation will be available for participants who do not have their own boat to get to trash cleanup sites. Volunteers can also clean up trash accessible by land transportation.
The Laurel Lake Cleanup is organized by the Friends of Laurel Lake, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Laurel and Whitley County Governments, PRIDE, London-Laurel County Tourism Commission, and concerned citizens and businesses in the Whitley and Laurel County area.
For more information, please call the London Ranger District Office at 606-864-4163 or the PRIDE Office at 888-577-4339 (toll free).