PRESTONSBURG – Operation Clean Sweep: Bringing Down the Storm on Dirtiness was held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Saturday. The road and areas around Jenny Wiley State Resort Park was filled with volunteers working to get the park ready for the summer season. Jenny Wiley park officials called on the community they serve to pick up the litter and trash around the park.
“Seeing bottles floating in the lake or trash on the roadside takes away from the beauty of Jenny Wiley,” said Taylor Wright of Drift.
Criminal littering is a Class A Misdemeanor with a fine up to $500 or up to one year in jail or both in the state of Kentucky. Anyone who knowingly place or throws litter on any public or private property or in any public or private water without permission is guilty of littering. Littering is bad for the environment and could land someone in jail.
“This is our 25th year having the event. It is really a chance for the community to come together and do something good for our community,” said Trinity Shepherd, Jenny Wiley Park Interpreter.
Volunteers assembled at 9 a.m. at Jenny Wiley Convention Center where representatives from Jenny Wiley gave out plastic gloves and garbage bags on a first come first serve basis. Roadways, the park and lake shore were the focus of the clean-up.
“Our JROTC came down to volunteer and help clean up Jenny Wiley. Every summer this is a focal point for our area and keeping it clean and neat is important,” said Kimberly Williamson, a Pike County Central High School senior.
Volunteers were given an incentive to work hard. Anyone picking up two garbage bags of trash were rewarded with an “Operation Clean Sweep” t-shirt. A complimentary cookout was held at the Dance Pad located at the park campground. Sponsors of the event were: Friends of Jenny Wiley, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kinzer Foundation, Carl D. Perkins Job Corps, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Apple Valley Sanitation, Younce’s Septic Service, WMDJ, City of Prestonsburg, Lonesome Pine District Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.