CoastWeeks celebration to begin with a cleanup of two parks

September 03, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A county-sponsored cleanup of the Lake Shore athletic complex and Downs Park in Pasadena are among the activities in the annual CoastWeeks celebration announced Tuesday by County Executive Robert R. Neall.

The three-week celebration, which begins Sept. 19 and concludes Oct. 12, is part of a nationwide effort to promote water conservation activities. Mr. Neall said that it is important to promote such activities in Anne Arundel County, with its 447 miles of waterfront.

The cleanup of the two parks will be a major focus of CoastWeeks, Mr. Neall said.

An all-day, community cleanup of Downs Park, scheduled Sept. 19, is to be the opening event in the celebration. County employees who volunteer are to remove trash from the Lake Shore Athletic Complex on Sept. 23.

Last year, county employees removed 55 tons of debris from county-owned land in Mayo.

Other activities include an amateur photography contest that begins on Friday. The winning entries will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and environmental activists, and awards will be presented Oct. 14.

Children can participate in a coloring contest that will be promoted throughout the county's elementary schools. Entry forms will be published in local newspapers, and awards will be presented Oct. 31 at Chesapeake Appreciation Days at the Sandy Point State Park.

The county received a $4,000 check yesterday from D. M. Distributing Company of Pasadena, the local Coors beer vendor, to help promote CoastWeeks activities. The donation comes from the Coors Pure Water 2000 campaign, which pays for various water conservation projects nationwide.

"I thought this was a golden opportunity, with the budget cuts, that they could use the money to get some things started," said Tim Klug, sales manager for D. M. Distributing.

For further information, contact the county public information office, 222-1288.

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