I got this email from Jody Johnson of the Friends of Grant Park group last week …
Hello Friends of Grant Park!
On Saturday, Sept. 15th from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Friends of Grant Park will host an Adopt-a- Beach Cleanup in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. We will meet at the lower beach parking lot just west of the beach house, and volunteers will be asked to bring back what they find to a sorting area so that we can tally the trash. Beach Cleanup Volunteers must sign up via
and plug in Grant Park as the location to do so. They may contact Betsy Abert by phone or email as well: firstname.lastname@example.org and 414-764-9244.
Thus far, we have 19 volunteers, but considering the high level of beach use during this long hot summer, we could use many more. We hope you will pass the word to others and invite groups or individuals to participate. Volunteers should wear long pants for protection and although gloves will be provided, please don’t hesitate to bring your favorite pair from home.
There will be ongoing Family Day activities taking place near the beach lot, including volleyball and an early evening Beach Walk sponsored by the Friends of the Mill Pond. Lots to do on September 15th!
On Saturday, October 6th, our Fall Weed-Out begins. We’ve located plenty of removal areas across from the golf course where the buckthorn is thick. Meet us at 9 a.m. in the parking lot next to the tennis court. An afternoon session is also scheduled, so if the morning doesn’t work, please meet at 1 p.m. at the Tennis Courts lot. Even an hour of dedicated removal will make a world of difference to the health of our woodlands. Tools and gloves will be provided. Not suitable for children.
Also, the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse are holding their annual Beach Walk and Star Gazing event on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. From the group’s Facebook page is this description: A sunset beach walk stroll along an illuminated path, campfire, s’mores for purchase, and gazing at the stars with stargazer Greg Gonia and telescopes. Fun for the whole family.