Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated in 1994 as a National Day of Service to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service and leadership. On Monday, January 17, we ask you to honor his legacy with a self-guided volunteer day to clean up trails in our local wilderness parks and preserves. While we are not able to host a group event at this time, please do grab some trash bags, gloves and your family or friends to pick up litter and keep our public lands beautiful. Some suggestions for where to go include:
On the Northside and in the 7 Creeks Recreation Area
- Cedar Point (8650 Cedar Point Road) – drive to the end of Cedar Point Road. Park and start right there at the trailhead and parking area. Come back and check out the boat ramp area (where the restrooms are) and the shoreline. Cedar Point is beautiful and is part of the 7 Creeks Recreation Area – explore the trails by foot or by hybrid bike while you are there.
- Sheffield Regional Park (3659 New Berlin Rd) – reports of trash around the back lake. Stay to enjoy the trails!
In Arlington, visit these parks for shoreline cleanups during low tide (after 2pm)
- Reddie Point Preserve (4499 Yachtsman Way)
- Blue Cypress Park (4112 University Blvd N)
- Arlington Lions Club Park (4322-1 Richard Denby Gatlin Rd)
On the Westside, visit Tillie Fowler Regional Park (7000 Roosevelt Blvd) to help in the parking areas and along the treeline. Stay to enjoy the trails and learn the WWI history of this park.
In the Intracoastal area, visit Castaway Island Preserve (2885 San Pablo Rd S) to help, especially along the shoreline and under the overlook at the end of the road/parking circle. Enjoy views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the overlooks and explore the kid-friendly paved trail.
Show us your day of service and how you enjoyed the parks – use @timucuanparks or #timucuanparks on your pictures on social media! Have fun and thank you!