Jacksonville Park Foundation board member Dave McCollum at last fall's cleanup.

Jacksonville Park Foundation board member Dave McCollum at last fall’s cleanup.

The Town Brook Initiative of the Jacksonville Parks Foundation encourages all to participate in the city’s Town Brook Cleanup 9-11 am Saturday April 12, 2014. The event starts at Foreman Grove (on the city’s east side, off State Street) at the confluence of the Town Brook and Mauvaisterre Creek. The cleanup will focus on the downstream area to the east of MacMurray College.

The event is organized by Alderman Lori Large Oldenettel and the City of Jacksonville’s Special Studies Town Brook Committee. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and everyone must sign a waiver. Volunteers are asked to wear long pants and soled shoes. Everyone is encouraged to wear gloves and bring a litter grabber.

This cleanup is being funded in part by a grant received from a $500 SCALE (Streambank Cleanup And Lakeshore Enhancement) grant from the EPA. A successful cleanup puts the city in line for a future $5,000 grant.

Read past stories about plans for cleanup, and the last cleanup. And check out the site of the future disc golf course.

Prefer to help out with some other things this weekend?

Starhill Forest Spring Work Day

Join Friends of Starhill Forest for a morning of tree planting at the Arboretum Saturday April 12th. Tools and training will be provided. Bring gloves. At noon socialize with Friends at a provided lunch.

This is not only a great opportunity, but having Town Brook supporters with training on the proper way to transplant trees will be a very important skill set. Once the city figures out the plan to manage the city’s Town Brook as a park, all that experience will help in planting trees here in Jacksonville. The Arboretum is a program of Illinois College.

Youth Camp Cleanup

Western Illinois Youth Camp Saturday-Sunday. From 8-noon Saturday, and 1-4 Sunday April 12-13. Come help a local resource on Lake Jacksonville that does lots to connect children and the community to the natural world. Map.