CUMMING — On Saturday, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful will be doing just what its name suggests.
The organization is holding a Rivers Alive Cleanup, during which volunteers will pick up trash at Mary Alice Park and surrounding areas as part of a statewide annual waterway beautification effort.
“Typically, we have about 200 people show up [at the park] at 9 a.m., and we send them out to anywhere from 20 to 25 locations around the county, and they pick up trash there for two hours,” said Kevin Smith, the group’s community outreach specialist. “Then they return … and we have lunch for them.”
Smith went on to note that Keep Forsyth County Beautiful and the city of Cumming are the two main partners of the event.
“[But] we have Scout groups, church groups, school groups, families, individuals, anybody you can think of from in the county,” he said. “Any and everybody is pretty much represented there.”
And since the park sits on the banks of Lake Lanier, Smith said the group would be cleaning more than just rivers.
“The name Rivers Alive is a little deceiving [as] we don’t only focus on rivers locations,” he said. “We focus on all water locations.”
According to Smith, Rivers Alive is one of the organization’s events with the most participation.
“In the spring, we have an event called the Great American Cleanup,” Smith said “We also have Lake Lanier Shore Sweep that takes place at the end of September.”
While waterways are important, the group also focuses on keeping the land and parks clean, as well as recycling.
“As a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, litter is a major focus of ours,” Smith said. “We have two electronics recycling events per year. They take place at the fairgrounds.”