Main Street Marianna is partnering with Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recreation & Recycling to host the 2010 Chipola River Cleanup which will take place this Saturday, May 15, beginning at 8:00 – noon. The mission is to unite the community in a effort to preserve one of our unique local waterways. Whether you are a long time resident or a newcomer to Jackson County, you can’t help but notice that the Chipola River plays a vital role in our community. It is a natural resource that provides many hours of enjoyment to fishermen, boaters, divers, tubers and swimmers.
We rely heavily on local volunteers to provide the cleanup manpower for this event. We would like to have three groups of volunteers, one group to start at Yancey Bridge and end at Hinson Landing, another group to start at Hinson Landing and go to Magnolia Bridge and a group to clean Spring Creek. Bear Paw Adventures will be supplying a limited number of canoes at Spring Creek Park, so get there early to reserve one! There will be recycle trailers located at Hinson Landing and Magnolia Bridge.
Everyone is invited back to Hinson Landing at noon for hot dogs and hamburgers sponsored by the City of Marianna. We would like to thank our other sponsors of this event. Waste Management is donating the gloves and trash bags. WalMart is donating trash grabbers. Bear Paw Adventures is supplying canoes that will be located at Spring Creek Park, Regions Bank is sponsoring our t-shirts.
The lunch after the clean-up will also be the grand opening of Chipola Greenways Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area. This property is located on Highway 73 South. Dedication ceremonies will begin at 12:00 noon. Come out and enjoy the day. If you want to be a river cleanup volunteer, call Charlotte Brunner at (850)718-1022 or Chuck Hatcher at (850)718-5210.