I still call it "Brush Up Terre Haute," because I think that's what they called the annual citywide cleanup effort in the 1980s and 1990s --- when Pete Chalos was mayor.
Now held twice a year --- in spring and fall-- it's a necessary way to tackle the local littering problem.
The city, Mayor Duke Bennett, all the volunteers and organizers, all deserve a round of applause for the most recent even, held Saturday. Placing dumpsters at various locations is a nice incentive for residents needing to get rid of large items, rather than tossing in alleys and yards.
It's important to remember that we all need to do our part and pitch in all year long, not just these two planned days. I often see styrofoam cups and other trash tossed out on my curb by people in passing cars. They might not care, but I do. It's a habit for me to go out and pick it up and it only takes a couple minutes.
What a great thing for this community to now have a state- of- the- art bike park.
Excitement for the Griffin Bike Park in southern Vigo County never waned, as workers developed the 300- acre area at Fowler Park over time to transform in into what it is today.
Gov. Mike Pence (also the Republican U.S. Vice Presidential candidate) and First Lady Karen Pence were at the official opening of the long-awaited Griffin Bike Park. In honor of the memory of the local military veteran who died in the line of duty, the park is named for Terre Haute native Army Sgt. Dale Griffin, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. He was 29.
Griffin is a true hometown hero. His parents, Dona and Gene, were also present for the ceremony. They've often reflected on their late son's love of biking. In fact, they say he would often ride near where the park is now.
Pence said the park will serve as a monument for a life well-lived.
"Here, we'll celebrate the exuberance and courage with which this hero lived," Pence said yesterday.
According to the website for the park, the premiere 16-mile purpose built, progression-based, stacked loop trail system includes two multi-use core trails and beginner, intermediate and advanced bike specific trail networks.
The Grand Opening featured guided tours, skills clinics and races. A large crowd attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.
For all the biking enthusiasts of all ages and ability -- and for the the entire county-- I'm sure all the hard work and preparation of the volunteers and organizations into creating the trail systems will pay off. This community has great parks. I would have loved to have grown up with this bike park and my children would enjoyed hitting the trails too, when when they were younger.
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 46, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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