Volunteers sought for spring cleaning at military park

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 4, 2010

Saturday is the day to do your part at the park.

For the fifth year in a row, the Vicksburg National Military Park will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust to participate in Park Day activities. Organizers are looking for volunteers dressed and ready for work at the 1,800 acres of the park beginning at 8 a.m.

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The fifth Park Day at the Vicksburg National Military Park will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers should dress appropriately to paint and clean up. The first 75 participants will be given T-shirts.

The first 75 volunteers who register at the Visitor Center parking lot off Clay Street will receive free T-shirts, and all workers will be fed lunch at the park at noon, when an interpretive program will be presented.

Throughout the day, volunteers will paint cannons, carriages and the main entrance sign and perform general cleanup in the park.

Volunteers are asked to dress for outdoor work in clothing that can “get covered in paint,” a news release from the park said. Those wearing shorts or sandals will not be allowed to participate. Further advice is that participants bring work gloves and drinking water, and wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and work boots.

About 30 people participated last year.

The Vicksburg park, with its 1,300 monuments, 16 miles of roadway and up to 1 million visitors annually, is one of 100 parks, cemeteries and shrines in 24 states that will participate in the day’s activities. The nationwide effort is partially funded by History, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

For more information, contact Virginia DuBowy, Natural Resources Program manager, 601-619-2911, or Rick Martin, chief of operations, 601-619-2905; or visit www.nps.gov/vick.