Fun, free activities are coming up at Purdy Court Park to get that area into shape for a planned August opening.
An "Earth Day Celebration" is set for Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. until noon at the site off Colloredo Boulevard, according to Shelbyville parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson, with plenty of free events for all ages.
The Earth Day event was suggested by associates participating in Walmart Distribution Center's Volunteer Always Pays program, who are already working on the park's renovation, and has been merged with events already planned by Jennifer Swann of the parks and recreation department.
The Walmart associates are also sponsoring free hamburgers and hot dogs.
"We felt it is time to really put some activity into the park," Pinson said, noting that many trees have been donated to the area, and that community volunteers have "really stepped up to the plate to beautify as well as provide a nice clean area for children in that neighborhood to play."
Pinson expects the playground to be ready by June 1, and the park will be set for rededication sometime in August.'
One of the activities Swann had planned was a "build a birdhouse" program. Instead of charging this year, donations were made by Lowe's and Shelbyville Lumber Co. with the Walmart volunteers cutting all the patterns for the little homes, and they'll be offered for free to the first 100 people. Be sure and bring a hammer!
Michael Cooke of Walmart Distribution, who is also on Shelbyville's recycling committee, will be in charge of recycling education. Part of his program will be focused on teaching kids how to make "trash art," but parents shouldn't worry, because all garbage used will be clean.
Folks will also be able to lend a hand planting flowers, and there are two mounds of dirt awaiting those with a green thumb who want to help with getting two trees and some crepe myrtles planted, so bring along a garden tool.
Swann also said there will be games for the kids with prizes given out for certain events, a coloring contest is set for the smaller ones, and each child will get a prize for their artwork.
Pinson added that the Walmart volunteers are working on the renovation of the bathhouse that currently sits on the property and the rest rooms will be available for use.
Other sponsors are the Shelbyville Recycling Committee, Countryside Landscaping, which is providing the flower bulbs, Modern Woodmen, for the tree donations, and Joe Motes.
For more information about the Earth Day event, call Swann at 684-9780.