Monday, September 25, 2023

Norfolk partners with artists to tackle litter at this park

The artists must present a unique slogan for their designs. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Keep Norfolk Beautiful's Facebook Page)
(Southside Daily/courtesy of Keep Norfolk Beautiful’s Facebook Page)

NORFOLK — The city will host a ‘Paint the Park’ beautification event at Lafayette Park Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in partnership with local artists.

Several local businesses, organizations, and artists are joining forces to improve the park through a variety of service projects, the city said in a news release.

Fifteen local artists who designed vibrant artwork for trash cans in the park will paint their designs on the cans with assistance from volunteers from local businesses.

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This pilot project will test whether or not the artwork will increase visibility of the cans and encourage park visitors to practice good stewardship by properly disposing of their waste in the cans, officials said.

During the event volunteers will also plant a rain garden to address nuisance flooding next to the City’s Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center, prune trees, mulch the playground, improve the eco and memorial gardens, and more.

At noon, the volunteer event will conclude with a dedication for several murals installed around the park this spring created by artist Alison Bachmann and a group of 2018 City summer interns, according to the news release.

Joysicles Gourmet Popsicles will be onsite serving up their creative pops to anyone looking to treat themselves after a morning of hard work.

Paint the Park is a regional kickoff event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.

For information about the event, contact or 757-441-1347.

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