Lexington asks residents to help with fall park cleanup

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington residents and visitors alike have been flocking to the city’s parks during the coronavirus outbreak.

Now the city wants those park users to have a little fun while providing a service at the same time.

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“Since COVID-19 arrived, our citizens have been visiting our parks more than ever, and we love that,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “We have had community members reach out and ask how they can get involved in keeping our parks beautiful, and we have an answer … Lex Clean Parks!”

From Sept. 17-30, citizens are asked to get out and enjoy Lexington Parks while picking up litter.

“And we even have free tools to help you do it,” Gorton said.

From 2:30-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, residents can get a free trash pick-up kit at Parks offices at 469 Parkway Dr. The City has 50 kits to give away to families who want to participate.

These kits include a trash picker, adult and child-size gloves, and trash bags.

While citizens are not required to use the free kits to participate in Lex Clean Parks, Parks officials do recommend all participants wear gloves while helping out.

“We know that being outside and working together as a community can have positive effects on mental wellness and physical health,” said Monica Conrad, director of Parks and Recreation. “This is a new way for families to explore our parks and enjoy the experience of being a part of making Lexington an even better place to live.”

Log your Lex Clean Parks hours into the Parks website so we can see just how much Lexington loves its parks. Just go to: https://www.lexingtonky.gov/lex-clean-parks.