Early Saturday morning, January 25th, two hundred members of the Rincon Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came ready to participate in “Operation Clean Sweep!”
Early in December Jean Hickman, from Tucson Clean & Beautiful, contacted the Rincon Stake for help in garnering volunteers to help with the clean up in the Groves Park area. The large project is a plot of land bordered by Kolb Road on the west, and south of Escalante Road. It is owned by the state of Arizona and has ongoing issues with illegal dumping, homeless camps, illegal BMX riders, and so on. It is an eyesore for the residents in the area.
The Rincon Stake responded with 200 volunteers both young and old who participated in cleaning up this riparian area. The service project lasted about 4 hours.
City of Tucson Vice Mayor Shirley Scott attended the project and was impressed with the turn out. Jim Conroy, East District Administrator, Tucson Parks and Recreation Dept. said “This effort will benefit the surrounding neighborhoods and make them safer.” He thanked the many members of the Church for their help.
Jean Hickman, who is the Adopt-A-Park and Public Areas Coordinator from Tucson Clean & Beautiful, is also very grateful for the “400 helping hands that came and worked.”
Ric Nielsen, Rincon Stake Public Affairs Director commented “This is wonderful. All we have to do is ask and they show up!” speaking of the members of the Church.
Overall, Nielsen says, “Operation Clean Sweep! was a success and there was so much more accomplished then was expected.”