If you want to feel really super good this weekend, make your way to the Earth Day clean-up and celebration at Dewitt Recreation Area in Batavia this Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition to a park (115 Cedar Street, Batavia) cleanup, there will be hikes, habitat checkups, catching water critters, games, crafts and more. Admission is free. The event allows the Genesee County Parks an opportunity to highlight the importance of keeping the environment clean, develop an appreciation for the outdoors and engage in all it has to offer. The DeWitt Recreation Area features numerous spots for outdoor fun, including a one-mile hiking path around a lake, a fishing dock, picnic areas, playground, a paved walking trail and more. It's a little gem right in Batavia.
Parks Supervisor Paul Osborn.[/caption] "Having the event at the DeWitt Recreation Area allows us to showcase the park, provide a service activities, highlight the importance of water quality and most of all, an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and breathe in the fresh air," said Paul Osborn, Parks Supervisor for Genesee County Parks, Recreation & Forestry. " Through the park cleanup, it's a terrific way to "pay it forward" and also teach younger generations the importance of stewardship. "Earth Day provides an opportunities for volunteers to freshen up the park in various ways including: flower bed mulching, water and shoreline improvements, trail and lawn cleanup, bird monitoring, playground improvements, and other general maintenance activities," said Osborn. "This event really gives the park a clean slate for the beginning of our season! This in turn assists staff and allows them to concentrate on other larger maintenance issues that developed at the end of last year and over the winter. Ultimately saves time and money to the overall taxpayers." It will be a wonderful day outdoors for sure! Mother Earth will approve!