The Caperton Rails-to-Trails project has rejuvenated the City of Morgantowns riverfront. Citizens of Monongalia County and visitors alike enjoy bike riding, roller-blading and walking the scenic shores of the Monongahela River and Deckers Creek where railroad tracks are now beautiful pathways.
But with increased trail traffic comes trash, and thats where the Neighbor’s Day Initiative Group and the Green Space Coalition come in. The groups have instituted”MON-Day”an opportunity for area citizens and students at West Virginia University to come together for the good of the community.
The firstMon-Dayis set for Monday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and will focus on ridding the riverbank of bottles and trash in hopes of transforming the north side of Hazel Ruby McQuain Park into a child-friendly fishing area.
Trash bags will be available at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park Boat Ramp, and clean-up will focus on the newly designated”Fisherman’s Walk”that consists of the river bank downstream from the boat ramp at Walnut Street.
Organizers of”MON-Day,”Michael Corrigan, founder of Neighbors Day and a WVU doctoral student and instructor of intercultural communication, and Greg Good, a member of Green Space and associate professor of history in WVU s Eberly College of Arts&Sciences, are encouraging students to join local residents in cleaning up the area. BOPARC has agreed to supply staff to haul trash away.
We all benefit from the new trails in the area,Good said,and it’s a chance for all of us to give a little bit back to our community. Volunteering for park and trail clean-ups is a great way to add something to the Morgantown area.”
Corrigan agreed, saying,There is no reason for the children who visit our downtown park and trails to see the mass of beer bottles, trash and paraphernalia that has accumulated.It is time to make the banks of the river safe for all ages.”