Volunteers being sought for Arbor Day project

STEUBENVILLE — City Parks and Recreation Director Lori Featherolf is looking for extra hands to help clean up Beatty Park on Arbor Day, April 29.

Featherolf said she’s already had quite a few people call and ask if they can help, “but I’ll take as many as I can get.”

“I think we sometimes forget about Beatty Park, just because there’s so much acitvity at Belleview Park,” she said. “But with the shelter burning down, I’ve been out there quite a bit lately and I’ve noticed tree limbs down and trash laying around, things like that. Yonk (Councilman Gerald DiLoreto) normally organizes a clean-up because we get people throwing stuff in the creek, and I thought (Arbor Day) was a perfect opportunity to address that park and get it cleaned up a little before summer gets here.”

Featherolf said they’ll be cleaning out the creek, pointing out that last year they pulled “mattresses, chairs and tires” out of the water. They’ll also be picking up litter and gathering fallen branches.

“If I had 20 volunteers, that’d be great,” she said. “If there’s more, there’s plenty of stuff to do out there — the more, the merrier. But if I can get 20, that’d be enough to take care of what we need to take care of.”

Featherolf said they’ll be working at the park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29. She said they’ll be providing lunch for the volunteers.

“Beatty Park is one of, if not the oldest, parks we have in Steubenville,” she said. “A lot of people have fond memories of it. We would like to bring it close to what it used to be — obviously, there’s no pool anymore but people who use the park shouldn’t have to worry about trash or drug paraphernalia laying around. We want to make it as nice as we can so people can enjoy the park when they’re out there.”