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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sargeant Park Volunteer Weekend this Saturday, Sunday in Dayton

Volunteers to clean up, make improvements to trails, 20-acre park on Covert Run Pike

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The City of Dayton and its Park Board will hold the Sargeant Park Volunteer Weekend this Saturday and Sunday -- April 17-18 – to clean up and improve the city’s 20-acre park at 999 Covert Run Pike in recognition of Earth Day, which is April 20.

1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave. 

On Saturday, volunteers will clear and chip dead honeysuckle and debris, then mulch new trails in park with the chipped materials. On Sunday, they will remove chain link fencing, tires, trash, and other debris and stain picnic tables. Volunteers are asked to report to the park at 10 a.m. on both days. 

“Excitement has been building about this newly reopened park,” said Sargeant Park Board Chairperson Amanda Bowman. “The Volunteer Weekend event allows our residents and nearby citizens to participate in the reawakening of this beautiful park and our newly installed trails there just in time for Earth Day.”

Participants are encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, hats, gloves, and eye protection. For those participating in Saturday’s chipping activities, event organizers ask you to bring hand tools, such as clippers and hand saws. Volunteer must sign a liability waiver before participating in the event. Children under the age of 18 may only be permitted to participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Improvements to Sargeant Park are being funded with grants from the Kentucky Recreational Trails program ($91,000), L’Oreal ($80,000), and Duke Energy ($2,000. The Parks Board has been working with Groundwork Ohio River Valley -- a nonprofit who mission is to transform the natural and built environment of urban communities – two build nearly two miles of trails in Sargeant Park, which has trail heads at both Covert Run Pike and Lincoln Road.

“The City of Dayton is extremely thankful for the state and community funding we received to make these needed improvements to Sargeant Park,” said Dayton Mayor Ben Baker. “We also deeply appreciate of all of the many hours of hard work our Park Board members and other citizens have contributed to make this park more beautiful and more accessible to our community.”

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