NEWELL - Members of the Newell Community Improvement Coalition and volunteers worked hard Saturday to make improvements to Laurel Hollow Park.
According to NCIC President Beverly Enochs, the Saturday cleanup was a portion of work that originally began in 2007.
"We started doing the park about three years ago. We are still in the process of doing the park," she said.
Members of the coalition did some prep work for the cleanup by planting some flowers Tuesday.
It was previously reported the park property is owned by the Homer Laughlin China Co. and is on a 100-year lease to the Hancock County Commission.
Upkeep is maintained through volunteers, however.
"We have a lot of plans for it, (there's) a lot of work to do," Enochs said, adding that the NCIC has already gotten a lot of help from local residents.
Items such as park benches and tables have been purchased with the help of monetary support offered through the Robert Wells Foundation, she said.
She also pointed out that county commissioners and state delegates as well as local organizations and businesses have made an impact.
Enochs said she was pleased with Saturday's turnout, but was disappointed the effort was stopped before noon because of rain. The cleanup began at 9 a.m.
"We had a good many volunteers and they brought some heavy duty equipment," she said. "I was happy with what we had, I just wish the weather would have cooperated a little longer."
Heavy duty equipment included a large wood chipper and chainsaws among other things.
Enochs said she would like the NCIC to host another cleanup day at a later date.
"If we had (good weather today) we could have accomplished a lot," she said.
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