by Dave Warner

A group of almost 100 people spent several hours cleaning up Rotary Park, the Harbor area, and local bike trail entrances. The group had Rotarians, Little Falls High School students, the Ladies Book Club, volunteers, and Girl Scouts involved in raking, picking up trash, and laying down mulch.

Chris VanMeter, President of the Little Falls Rotary stated, “We’re just thrilled to see the support the community is giving us once again for the Little Falls Rotary Cleanup Day. We do this annually, but we’ve never had such a great turnout.”

She said that they broke up into two groups. Thirty to forty people focused on the bike trails, and sixty focused on the harbor area. “We did get a Little Falls Rotary grant for $3,000 to buy all the supplies and equipment and then the Girl Scouts joined us for their senior project.”

VanMeter said that the girl scouts have been working on the project for a year, getting picnic tables installed in the southern end of the park. “They’re going to be decorating them over the summer.”

Emma Law is a Girl Scout Cadet who was participating in the event from Troop 20480 and she said, “For our Silver Award, we built picnic tables and we painted them. We’re going to decorate them in themes of Little Falls.”

The group is going to put QR codes on the ends of each of the tables so that if someone is visiting, they’ll be directed to a page of additional information about the festival, business, or event.

VanMeter said that “to make the $3,000 go as far as possible, we asked George’s Lumber, Little Falls Lumber, Ace Hardware, and Pohlig’s to split up the things we had to buy. They were all wonderful giving us great prices so we could make it go as far as possible.”

She said the City provided all of the mulch.

Troop 20480 is going to continue putting the picnic tables out in the City until September 1st. If you are interested in participating, you can buy the table from George Lumber. If they get enough interest, they are considering adding tables to the ice skating area on Monroe Street.

To donate a table or get more information, call 315-750-2280.