Donning work gloves and toting tools and plastic garbage bags, residents will work together to spruce up the city of Tega Cay starting this week.
Tega Cay’s Annual Spring Pick-Me-Up begins Saturdayand runs through Saturday, March 29. Volunteers will meet at Trailhead Park at 9 a.m. Saturday to receive supplies and location assignments.
The city’s Beautification Committee plans the pick up each year as a way to address any environmental concerns, said Jennifer Stalford, a veteran committee member and a first-term Tega Cay City Council member.
"It’s a great way for the community to come together and spruce up areas," she said.
Stalford said the clean-up needs more volunteers, both individuals and groups. Last year, a record 144 residents participated.
"More volunteers means more can be accomplished," she said. "We keep growing and our city is growing."
Some areas that are typically addressed include Trailhead Park, Diamond Head Park and Pitcairn Park, but volunteers can also name places they would like to clean.
A hot dog picnic will be provided by Al Patel of State Farm Insurance at noon Saturday. Volunteers will also receive bottled waters provided by Aaron’s Rental in Rock Hill and work gloves, provided by Palmetto Pride.
"It’s a great way to thank the volunteers," Stalford said.
The response from previous clean up events has been "phenomenal," she said.
The Tega Cay Annual Spring Pick-Me-Up welcomes volunteers of any age and skill level. Stalford said residents can consider it a precursor for Earth Day, April 22.
During the week of the clean up, free daily curbside pickup of yard debris and small household items and reduced cost for items requiring a disposal fee will be available. For details, go to tegacaysc.org or download the app.