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Timucuan Parks Foundation and JaxParks Host Volunteer Opportunities on July 5 and 7

The July 5 event is at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and the July 7 event is along the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

Media Release

Jacksonville, Fla., June 30, 2021 – Timucuan Parks Foundation and JaxParks are hosting two summer volunteer opportunities next week. On Monday, July 5, volunteers are asked to join to help clean up the beaches at Kathryn Abby Hanna Park and on Wednesday, July 7, the organization will be leading trail maintenance along the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail.

For the cleanup on Monday, July 5, voluteers should meet at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park at 500 Wonderwood Dr. at 8 a.m. Volunteers should tell the gate guards they are there for the volunteer cleanup and meet in the parking lot in the large field by Pavilion 6. Wear closed-toe shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses and a full reusable water bottle.

On Wednesday, July 7, volunteers should meet at the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail at 1380 Otis Rd. to assist with the maintenance of a rough-cut trail along the path. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and bring work gloves (if possible), sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses and a full reusable water bottle. Timucuan Parks Foundation will have additional work gloves, equipment and supplies, and will provide snacks and water.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome and can use this volunteer event to earn community service hours. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or scout leader during the project. Registration is not required. Waivers can be obtained in advance attimucuanparks.com/volunteer/.

Additional volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the summer. On July 21, volunteers can help with the maintenance of the trails and pollinator garden at Castaway Island Preserve and on Aug. 4 there will be a shoreline cleanup at Reddie Point Preserve. For more information, email [email protected] or call (904) 374-1107.

Jacksonville’s preservation parks were chosen strategically to provide access to all residents and ecosystem benefits to the entire area. Not only do they provide a buffer to control urban sprawl and form a “ring of parks” to define Jacksonville, but they also provide ecosystem services that help protect us from natural disasters. Trail maintenance, shoreline cleanups, invasive plant removals, native planting and other maintenance and beautification projects are vitally important to the health and resiliency of our parks, preserves, and the overall community.

About Timucuan Parks Foundation

Timucuan Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves, promotes and enhances Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education and enjoyment. The foundation originated in 1999 with the Preservation Project Jacksonville, Inc. to identify and assist in acquiring the most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands in Duval County. The acquisition of lands created the largest urban park system in the United States. TPF works with its park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, and other community partners to promote environmental stewardship, the health benefits of the parks and preserves, and an appreciation for Jacksonville’s special outdoor spaces. For more information, visittimucuanparks.org or follow @timucuanparks.

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