This Friday, Feb, 23, 2018 will mark 25 years since the Strokers Paddle Club and Friends of Hurricane Creek had our first creek cleanup. We will celebrate this year on Sat. Feb. 24th at Watson's Bend
|The first Hurricane Creek Cleanup|
At the first cleanup we cooked hamburgers and chicken on a makeshift grill on the side of the road near the bridge.
We started with 16 members including our children. The next year we had 32 members and the 3rd year it was many more. All together at one time we hosted around 200 members and volunteers.
FoHC has removed literally tons of trash and debris over the years including appliances, cars, household garbage, and thousands of tires over time. We took 232 tires from one location is a single day. The work has been long and tiring but well worth the effort.
Scenes like this have been transformed,
to scenes like this.
It has always puzzled me how some people think the outdoors is the best place to dispose of unwanted items and garbage but it happens every day. Without efforts like the FoHC Cleanup it would simply accumulate to a point of being not only unsightly but unhealthy and in some cases dangerous. Localized flooding during heavy rain events is mostly caused by stopped up drains.
|Thanks to Rumsey for the can!|
I'd like to think that over the years we have helped the community by removing tons of waste using local volunteers at a cost of "0" tax-payer dollars. Litter, after all was the catalyst for our group to begin 25 years ago. Unfortunately it is still a huge issue today.
|There's nothing prettier than a clean creek|
THERE WILL BE FOOD!
This year we are going back to an old tradition of having a chili cook-off with all of the chili being used to feed volunteers. Bring your grandmothers best recipe or your own best effort. There will be a $50.00 cash prize for the winner and a great sense of community participation by all.
|Bring your best recipe and an apatite! Meat, Veggie, Vegan all welcome|
Here's a tentative schedule of the days events. If you can't make the entire day, at least come spend a little time with us and tell your story about the wonderful treasure we have here in our community, Hurricane Creek.
Clean-up, Chili Cook-off and Celebration:
8:30 Registration opens
9 – 12: Cleanup (roadside, creek and park) There will be a limited number of canoes available so come early to reserve one.
12 – 1:30 Chili cook-off and lunch
1:30 – 3: Annual meeting (guest speakers, announcements, recognition's)
3 - ?: Celebration and Friendly conversations around the fire.