Volunteers pitch in to beautify Tega Cay

Special to the Fort Mill TimesApril 4, 2014 

— The city of Tega Cay looked a little brighter after volunteers spruced up local parks recently.

The annual Tega Cay Spring Pick-Me-Up brought together more than 80 residents of all ages in a community-wide effort March 29 to beautify parks and other public areas, said Councilwoman Jennifer Stalford, who is also the chairwoman of the city’s volunteer Beautification Committee.

“The annual Spring Pick-Me-Up is a great way for residents to come together in a fun atmosphere to spruce up parks and trails while cleaning up the environment,” she said.

This year, the committee purchased work gloves for all the young volunteers, Stalford said.

“Youth are our future,” she said. “It’s important for them to have ways to become involved and see they can make a positive impact in their community so they decide to integrate volunteerism in their lives.”

Trailhead Park

The Beautification Committee aims to get people out in the community and create spaces such as the Living Memorial Gardens beside Trailhead Park.

“We love Tega Cay and like to keep it pretty and inviting,” said committee member Kline Whitehead. “We’d love to have people be involved.”

Whitehead said not many people do their own gardening.

“It’s a dying interest,” he said.

Whitehead joined volunteers in trimming trees, picking up trash and picking weeds at Trailhead Park during the clean-up.

Volunteer Eldon Porter said he wants to help better the Tega Cay community and support Stalford.

“Jennifer is a great person,” he said. “It’s a nice thing for the community to do.”

Tega Cay Police Department

The clean-up was able to reach more places this year, and volunteer Jim Stalford, the councilwoman’s husband, was part of a crew that spread mulch and cleared the outside of the Tega Cay Police Department.

“The more places we can accomplish each year, the better the city’s going to be.”

Stalford was joined by his children in front of the police department.

Nicholas Stalford, 11, said he wanted to help out because “it’s fun.”

Runde Park

Tega Cay resident Carmen Wells joined her daughters Maria and Marissa in picking up trash and limbs in Runde Park.

Wells said she hopes the clean-up will teach her daughters, who are part of Daisy Troop 3671, how to give back.

“It’s a good learning project for the girls,” she said. “Community service is something all girl scouts should know to do.”

Volunteer and Tega Cay resident Toni Mcintyre said they found glass and nails to pick up.

“We need to be part of our community and clean up our parks,” she said. “It’s where we live. We need to keep it clean.”

Madison Mcintyre, 6, said she learned an important lesson while helping at the park.

‘Don’t ever litter, ever, ever,” she said.

Other areas included in the clean-up were Pitcairn Park and trail, Koala Park, Diamondhead Park, Windsong Bay Park, Beach Swim Clubhouse and trail, Linereaux Trail and Hunters Run trail.

A picnic sponsored by Al Patel of State Farm was held at Pitcairn Park as a way to thank the volunteers.

The Beautification Committee provided desserts and fruit for the picnic. Tim Poteet of Aaron’s Rental provided bottled waters, Palmetto Pride provided T-shirts, adult gloves and trash bags. The city provided all the free mulch and other materials.

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