Participants will remove trash from the state park beach from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. The volunteers will start at the southern end of the park near City Beach, and they will work their way north combing the sand for trash.
The clean-up event is planned for the day after the 2019 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival wraps up, a time when the beach is usually in distress, said event organizer Ian Overway. The event is under the umbrella of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Although registration isn’t required, it helps organizers plan for supplies. Prior to the event, you can register online at greatlakesadopt.org/Secure/Event/15248.
Keeping the environment clean isn’t new for Overway, a S.T.E.M. teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. When he worked at a school in Chicago, he was involved in the school’s Green Team. Classes there also worked together on clean-up field trips, Overway said.
Next month’s event is the first Overway has coordinated in Grand Haven. He went through volunteer training at the end of last summer to become a team leader.
Grand Haven State Park employee Connor Lange said they appreciate people willing to volunteer their time to help keep the park clean.
“It shows how much people really care about the park,” he said.
Overway said he and his family spend a lot of time outdoors and at the beach, and the volunteer work is a way to keep the beach clean for his children and their children in the future.
Overway and friends are collecting buckets to put the trash into as a way to limit the number of partially filled bags. He encourages people to bring their own work gloves.
“Come with a good attitude and help preserve our environment,” Overway said.
In the event of rain, the event will take place 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.