Heritage Park has improved in leaps and bounds over the last five cleanups. Let’s keep heading in the right direction!
This year will mark the sixth Heritage Park Cleanup Day, an annual event hosted by its creator, Taylor resident Jim Taylor, and the City of Taylor.
It started simply enough: During the harsh winter of 2013-14, Jim was walking through the far eastern reaches of Heritage Park, through the wooded areas that are located between the park and the Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus. And he didn’t like what he saw. The tree lines were filled with trash, and much of the debris has been there for years. He spent the rest of the day filling 13 trash bags himself.
Eventually, another resident, Dave Gorgon, happened by. Dave is a retired City employee who hosts a popular Facebook page, "Heritage Park Photo of the Day." Dave wondered what Jim was doing out there by himself ... and slowly but surely, an idea was hatched for a Heritage Park Cleanup Day.
Jim Taylor met with Mayor Rick Sollars, who gave his support. Golf, Parks and Recreation Executive Director Jeff Dobek, Parks Maintenance Foreman Guido Ulim, Communications, and Marketing Director Karl Ziomek and many others became involved in the effort as Jim combed the area for volunteers and sponsors.
Start a Volunteer Cleanup Effort
For those of you who would like to create your own volunteer cleanup day at a given location in the community, or are interested in discussing the possibilities, contact the City of Taylor’s Communications and Marketing Director Karl Ziomek.