Kickapoo State Park Update

Luke Firsching
4/2/2009  8:00 am

Kickapoo State Park is one of the parks that was scheduled to close last fall due to budget cuts mandated by former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Fortunately for area residents and University of Illinois students, Kickapoo was removed from the closure list and has remained open. This was due to an wave of activity and support for Kickapoo to remain open.

Part celebration of the park remaining open and also because of the Keep America Beautifuls Great American Cleanup initiative a clean up day for the park has been organized. Klean Up Kickapoo is scheduled for April 25.

Hundreds of volunteers, demonstrating their concern for the environment and in the spirit of service that both President Barack Obama and Governor Patrick Quinn encourage are expected to participate in this event. The goal is to clean the parks campsites, pick up litter along the parks roads and cut back the overgrowth on the parks many trails. A pond and lake cleanup will also take place under the direction of Kickapoo Landing.

All equipment will be provided, but volunteers should dress appropriately for the work theyll do. Special sites for children to clean will be designated in recognition of the efforts of Ryce Tuggle and the Kids Interested in Conserving Kickapoo. The group was instrumental in drawing attention to the importance of saving Kickapoo State Park.

Handicapped-accessible cleanup sites will be identified as well. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers courtesy of Carmack Car Capitol and doughnuts will be available at registration. Hours for the cleanup will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

To sign up for Klean Up Kickapoo, call Jason Toellner at 443-6803. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and to appreciate the beautiful Kickapoo that was almost lost.

source: The News-Gazette