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Taylorsville's Day of Service draws hundreds

Wednesday, May 22, 2013823 views

Taylorsville residents came out in impressive numbers to work with Comcast employee volunteers as part of the “Day of Service” on April 27. Held in conjunction with Comcast Cares Day, more than 700 residents worked in six different venues to clean and spruce up the city.

“They did it all,” Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach said at a city council meeting. “They pulled weeds, planted trees, and even mucked out some animal stalls at Jones Dairy. It was a great effort by our city residents to help improve the look and feel of our city.”

Volunteers participated in projects all around Taylorsville. At several parks, they enlarged tree bowls at the bases and filled them with mulch, along with trimming at Valley Regional Park, Vista Park and the Jones Dairy. Eight new trees were planted at Millrace Park near the bass pond, and the dog park was cleaned. Hydrants were repainted in several locations, along with fences.

“Kwal Paints donated a lot of their product to our efforts,” said Rhetta McIff, the neighborhood services coordinator for Taylorsville City. “That was so helpful, and we put the paint to good use.”

That included the painting of a mural on the walls of the viaduct under 4500 South, near the Freedom Shrine park, along with the building and painting of birdhouses to be put along the Jordan River Parkway.

In the city’s community garden, a children’s garden was built. Three neighborhood groups also organized efforts in their respective areas, and a portion of 2700 West between 5400 and 6200 South was “adopted” as a cleanup zone.

“I love the way 2700 looks,” said city council chairperson Dama Barbour. “I hope we can always keep it looking that good.”

“This was the city’s first time doing an event like this,” McIff said. “I think the city would benefit from having it be an annual event. Residents want a spring cleanup, and any way that we as a city can assist makes it a win-win situation.”

McIff thought the event “was a great place to start, to create a sense of community. I really enjoyed watching the neighborhoods come together, especially for those large projects that couldn’t be done individually.”

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