LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2012) — Motorists traveling on the outbound side of Richmond Road in the Lakeshore Drive area tomorrow morning will notice a small army of volunteers at work. They’ll be picking up litter and debris in an area near the creek, next to the road.
The cleanup is part of the community improvement project funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) and coordinated by the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission (KLB). KLB’s mission is to engage individuals in local community improvement and environmental projects.
KLB received a Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 earlier this year. The grant was one of 120 merit-based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects.
Bush honeysuckle that had overgrown the creek has been removed. Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will pick up litter and debris from the creek. The cleanup will be conducted rain or shine. On Saturday, Oct. 27, volunteers will install 100 native trees in the area.
Motorists should be advised the right-hand, outbound lane of Richmond Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Traffic signs and cones will be in place to alert motorists to the lane closure.
Volunteers for Saturday’s stream cleanup event should report to the registration tent at 125 Lakeshore Drive Saturday morning. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Boots, pants and long-sleeved shirts are suggested. Bags and gloves will be provided by KLB.
Partners in the Richmond Road project are Keep Lexington Beautiful, Lowes, Kentucky Utilities, Kentucky American Water, Greystone Management, Fayette County Public Schools Youth Sustainability Council, Henry Clay High School Go Green Team, Morton Middle School, Bluegrass PRIDE, EcoGro, the Idle Hour Neighborhood Association and LFUCG.
For more information on the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission, visit www.keeplexingtonbeautiful.com.