Pulling Together at Community Clean-Up Days

Wed April 13, 2022

DeKalb, IL-The DeKalb Park District is inviting the public to give back to the community and participate in a series of upcoming community clean-up days this spring. 

This Earth Day, Friday, April 22, the DeKalb Park District is teaming up with the City of DeKalb, Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, Northern Illinois University, and the Trash Squirrels for a community-wide clean-up. From 10:00 am to noon, individuals, families, and service groups are asked to come together to clean up trash and debris in some of our most popular locations across the DeKalb community. From downtown DeKalb to NIU campus to select park locations, volunteers will have plenty of ways to give back this Earth Day 2022. 

Participants may be assigned to some of our popular parks such as Hopkins Park, located at 1403 Sycamore Road; Welsh Park, located at 651 Russell Road; Rotary Park, located at 1504 E. State Street; or Boardman/Pappas Park, located at Hillcrest Drive and Fotis Drive. Lunch will follow at the Hopkins Park Shelter. Pre-registration and a signed waiver are required at http://go.niu.edu/CommCleanUp22

Calling all green thumbs! Let's pull together to tackle some of our most invasive species this spring too. Invasive species are no joke and the DeKalb Park District is asking volunteers to help eradicate select species this May and June in Prairie Park, located at 401 Clifford Drive. 

Join staff for the Great Garlic Mustard Hunt on Saturday, May 7, 9:00 -11:00 am. Garlic mustard is abundant and threatens native plant life. Or you can save the date for the Dame’s Rocket Debacle on Saturday, June 4, 9:00-11:00 am. Although a very pretty, flowering plant, dame’s rocket is a prolific seeder and chokes out native plants in our area. Volunteers are asked to meet near the Disc Golf Course.

Pre-registration is not required on any of the invasive species clean-up days, but pre-registration is required for Earth Day Community-wide Clean-up. Staff will be on-site to provide select supplies and directions on each day, however, participants are encouraged to bring gloves and buckets. For more information, please visit dekalbparkdistrict.com or call (815) 758-6663. 

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