The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


May 2, 2013

Join in city's cleanup effort

DANVILLE — Dozens of volunteers will help bring a fresh look to downtown Danville and the Douglas Discovery Garden on Saturday as part of the Great American Cleanup.

More help will always be appreciated.

The cleanup is sponsored Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

Last year about 60 volunteers planted more than 5,000 plants downtown in about four hours.

Others helped pick up trash and litter throughout the area.

Also Saturday, volunteers will gather at the Douglas Discovery Garden, 500 Florida St., to plant, clean up the winter’s debris and prepare the garden for the season’s activities.

Volunteers for the work downtown will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Danville Public Library.

Those who want to work in the Discovery Garden at the garden site. The event continues until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served to volunteers at 1 p.m. at the library.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves and planting tools.

The efforts provides a free opportunity for those who want to spruce up the appearance of the downtown area.

The plantings, directed by Shelly Larson, the city’s community improvement superintendent, bring lots of color along North Vermilion Street.

And every neighborhood could use some help picking up litter that has accumulated during the winter.

The work at the Douglas Discovery Garden will help brighten one of the city’s more unique neighborhood projects.

The Keep Vermilion County Beautiful program helps promote healthier and better looking communities.

Come out Saturday and lend a hand.

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