Timucuan Parks Foundation and the City of Jacksonville’s JaxParks are asking the community to join them throughout the summer for service projects in city preserves around Jacksonville. The projects are a chance for the community to help with park beautification and for students to earn community service hours. The community clean-up events will take place on the following dates and locations:
- Thursday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park at 7000 Roosevelt Blvd. Volunteers will help with historic road and trail maintenance, invasive plant removal and litter pickup.
- Monday, July 3 at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park at 500 Wonderwood Dr. from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers should let the gate attendant know they are there for the park and shoreline cleanup project.
- Wednesday, July 5 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Castaway Island Preserve at 2921 San Pablo Rd. S. For this service project, volunteers will be participating in the monthly pollinator garden maintenance and park cleanup.
- Tuesday, July 18 at Bulls Bay Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon. The preserve is at 8017 Old Plank Rd. Volunteers will help with trail maintenance and litter pickup.
- Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Castaway Island Preserve at 2921 San Pablo Rd. S. for monthly pollinator garden maintenance and park cleanup.
For all projects, volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and a hat. Bring work gloves if they have them, sunscreen, insect repellent and a full reusable water bottle. TPF will provide additional water, snacks, work equipment, and insect repellent.
Students can earn community service hours. Children under 16 must be supervised by their parent/guardian or scout leader during the project. Anyone under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian’s signature on the liability waiver before starting work. The waiver and a form to join TPF’s volunteer list can be accessed at https://www.timucuanparks.org/volunteer/. For more information, contact Felicia Boyd at [email protected] or call (904) 374-1107.