LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – A Loves Park program aims to bring together government officials and everyday residents to help improve the city without strict enforcement of rules and regulations.
“So, I said, whatever you need, i’ll help you, and so we went one day, and started picking weeds, and made the streets a little more beautiful,” said Loves Park resident, Angie Wallace. “We need to do that more in our community.”
When Angie Wallace noticed that a drainage grate in her neighborhood, that was overgrown with weeds, was causing some flooding, she, along with First Ward Alderman Clint Little, took action. The simple task was one of the first projects for what is now called ‘Loves Park Pulse.’ Little hopes the initiative can beautify their city.
“I’m looking for the residents in our communities to start taking pride in their neighborhoods, working together, that cooperation between public and private, to get our community to what it was and what it should be,” said Alderman Little.
Little has completed other, similar projects, like pulling weeds at a Windsor Road intersection, and cleaning up the Pearl Avenue Bridge. There’s also a cleanup scheduled for Saturday, along Forest Hills Road.
“It’s not hard. I did two hours of weed pulling in the hot weather, on a Saturday morning, and it made my stretch of street nice,” said Wallace. “I encourage everybody to do it. I challenge everybody to do it. I mean, if i can do it, anybody can.”
While it’s been an encouraging start, Little is optimistic that this is just the beginning.
“I’m hoping that, with the projects we’ve already completed, with the clean-up that’s planned for this Saturday, we can get that buy-in, and we can start expanding, and growing our projects,” said Alderman Little.
This Saturday’s cleanup will be focused on the stretch of Forest Hills Road from Harlem to 173. Anyone interested in volunteering should meet at Rockford Speedway before 8 a.m..
Contact Alderman Clint Little at email@example.com for more information.