If you haven't noticed, cleanup events are sweeping across North Carolina, and the biggest chunk of them are happening this weekend in Wake County. This Saturday, Oct. 2, is designated as North Carolina Big Sweep Day, so step outside and help keep our county beautiful by volunteering at one of the following locations near you. (Events are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.)
Bond Lake at Fred G. Bond Metro Park: Meet at 9 a.m. at the Boathouse and work until noon. Registration is limited. To register, call (919) 469-4100. Bond Park is located at 801 High House Road between Cary Parkway and Maynard Road, across from St. Michael's Church.
Lake Benson and Swift Creek at Lake Benson Park: From 9 a.m. to noon, join area volunteers in cleaning up the shores of Lake Benson and Swift Creek. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and bring drinking water and sun protection. This cleanup is appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up. Meet at the Lake Benson Boathouse at 8:30 a.m. Lake Benson is located at 975 Buffaloe Road in Garner. For more information, please call (919) 661-6982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Crabtree at Lake Crabtree County Park: Meet at 9 a.m. at Boat Rental Complex to clean up one of Wake County's most popular lakes. Gloves, trash bags and data cards will be provided. To register, call (919) 460-2723.
Directions: From I-40, take Exit 285 (Aviation Parkway). Go south towards Morrisville, away from airport. Proceed less than 1/4 mile and turn left at the light into park.
Falls Lake at Blue Jay Point County Park in north Raleigh: Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. for distribution of supplies. Cleanup begins at 9 a.m. until noon. Blue Jay Park is on Falls Lake off Six Forks Road in north Raleigh. Call the park office at (919) 870-4330 or email email@example.com for information.
Richland Creek in western Raleigh: Come monitor the health of Richland Creek with the Umstead Coalition, combining NC Big Sweep and Stream Watch programs in one event. Meet at the Loblolly Trail Head parking lot off Edwards Mill Road at 9 a.m. Raleigh to receive supplies & instructions. Cleanup will be from 9 a.m. until noon. Visit the website for additional information.
Directions: From Blue Ridge Road, turn onto Reedy Creek Road (across from Art Museum). Turn left onto Edwards Mill Road at light. Go under I-40. Turn left at Arena entrance (E. Stephen Stroud Way). 20-space parking lot is on left just after you cross Richland Creek.
Walnut Creek Wetland in southeast Raleigh: Meet at the new Wetland Center at 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh, NC 27610 at 9 a.m. Join Raleigh Parks & Recreation, Partners for Environmental Justice, and Wake County Big Sweep in cleaning up this neglected urban wetland. Cleanup continues until noon. Please wear work clothes, pants and boots (no open-toe shoes). Bring water bottles. For information, contact Zone Captain Tiffany Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: From Martin Luther King Blvd., take South State Street to Peterson Street. Turn right onto Peterson and see new Wetland Center on the corner of Peterson and State Streets.
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Falls Lake at Beaver Dam Lake on Old Weaver Road Access Point: Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. at Beaver Dam Lake and will work until noon to improve this part of Falls Lake, a drinking water reservoir for more than 400,000 people. To volunteer, contact Zone Captain and State Park Ranger Brian Bockhahn at 919-676-1027 or email@example.com. Directions from Highway 98: Travel east on NC 98 from the intersection of NC 98 Creedmoor Road (NC 50) to New Light Road about 1 mile. Turn left and travel north on New Light Road 3.3 miles. Turn left onto Old Weaver Road and travel about 1.5 miles. Cross the causeway - Beaver Dam is on the left. Take the next left onto access road to the lake. Look for Big Sweep banner for supply distribution. Directions from Highway 50: Go 5.9 miles north of Highway 98 intersection. Turn right on Old Weaver Road. Go east 2.4 miles. Turn right on the access road to Beaver Dam Lake. Look for Big Sweep banner. If you've gone to Beaver Dam Lake at Falls Lake State Recreational Area (i.e. state park), you're in the wrong place. Your help is needed in this remote area of Beaver Dam Lake on Old Weaver Road.
Yates Mill Pond & Steep Hill Creek at Historic Yates Mill County Park (Sunday, Oct. 3): Volunteers meet at Visitor's Center at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Cleanup continues until noon. Bottled water, gloves, trash bags and data cards provided. To volunteer, contact Zone Captain Rebeccah Cope at (919) 856-6675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: From I-40 Beltline, take Lake Wheeler Road exit 295. Travel south approximately 3.2 miles. See last chicken house on right at NCSU Research Farm. Park entrance on right at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road. (If you reach Penny Road intersection, you've gone too far.) From Ten-Ten Road, turn north on Lake Wheeler Road. Travel approximately 3.87 miles. Park entrance on the left at the top of the hill.