Team Gary heads to Roosevelt Park for cleanup

2013-08-06T20:00:00Z 2013-08-06T23:32:04Z Team Gary heads to Roosevelt Park for cleanupDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

GARY | City department heads and employees will be donning casual clothes Aug. 20 to take part in a cleanup day at Roosevelt Park.

The Team Gary cleanup is part of the ongoing Neighborhood Revitalization Project, an initiative launched June 1 in the Marshalltown neighborhood, said Chelsea Whittington, a city spokeswoman.

A number of department heads and at least some city employees will be taking part in the event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Whittington said.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who will be taking part in the cleanup, issued an invitation to department heads and employees to volunteer in the effort.

"The mayor wanted to make sure department heads had an opportunity to take part. We wanted a concerted effort to show our support of cleanup efforts of the city. We are the leadership, so she wanted us to be directly involved," Whittington said.

Department heads and city employees are not required to participate in the cleanup, she said.

"If the department head has a conflict or their schedule doesn't permit it, they don't have to attend," Whittington said.

The Marshalltown cleanup effort took shape with the help of University of Chicago graduate students who developed the program.

The second area targeted for cleanup was in the Froebel neighborhood. Cleanup in that area began in early July and concluded July 31.

Roosevelt Park is the third area targeted for cleanup. Work will begin Aug. 12 and continue through Sept. 6.

Short-term cleanup goals by the city include dump site removals, trash and debris pickups, abandoned building identification and board-ups, targeted beautification activities, information distribution and resource provision for residents.

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