Fairview Park Green Team Offers Fun, Informative Events

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton welcomes attendees to Recycling Town Hall.

The Fairview Park Green Team is a volunteer group of residents whose mission is to promote sustainable, environmentally friendly practices community wide. Mayor Eileen Ann Patton formed the group in 2011 to help promote the City’s then-new curbside recycling program. Four years later, the Green Team’s priority areas have grown beyond recycling to also include water quality, stormwater management, and active transportation.

2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for the Green Team as it works to offer fun, informative opportunities for Fairview Park residents to volunteer and educate themselves.

Recycling Town Hall

On March 25, the Green Team hosted a Recycling Town Hall at the Fairview Park Senior Center. The 30 individuals in attendance heard presentations on existing and future recycling opportunities from representatives of the City of Fairview Park, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, and Republic Services.

The town hall also featured a presentation by Simple Recycling, a company the City of Fairview Park recently contracted with for curbside collection of clothing, textiles, and household goods. This new program, set to begin April 20, is designed to complement the City’s current rubbish and recycling program. Each household in Fairview Park will receive a series of four mailings that will explain the program in detail and provide the materials needed to participate. The first mailing will be distributed in early April.

The event concluded with a lengthy question and answer session that allowed attendees to get all their recycling questions answered. All presentation slides and a transcript of the Q&A session will be posted online when complete at www.fairviewpark.org/green-team/recycling-town-hall/.

Freshen Up Fairview Park

The Green Team’s annual Freshen Up Fairview Park event is returning for its third year on Saturday, April 11. In lieu of a community clean up day, Green Team members and volunteers will be planting over 100 trees and shrubs in Bain Park along Coe Creek.

Reforesting Coe Creek’s riparian zone—the area where land meets water—will provide many benefits for the environment. The new trees and shrubs will help prevent soil erosion, filter water and improve its quality, and provide necessary shade to lower water temperature and improve the in-stream habitat.

If you are interested in helping plant, join the Green Team at 9:00 am on April 11 at Bain Park Gazebo, 21077 North Park Drive in Fairview Park. This event is family and child friendly - all are welcome, no experience necessary! A demonstration of how to plant trees and shrubs will be offered to all volunteers. Any questions can be directed to greenteam@fairviewpark.org.

Matthew Hrubey

Matthew Hrubey is a City of Fairview Park employee and serves as Mayor Eileen Patton's liaison to the Fairview Park Green Team.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 AM, 03.31.2015