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Community 'spring cleans' Ditto Landing park after flooding

Ditto Landing was already planning on having a spring clean-up event but after the area was recently flooded, it needed some extra love.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Ditto Landing got a spring cleaning today!

This clean-up event was already set in place but due to the recent flooding Huntsville has seen, the park was ready for a good sprucing up.

"After a flood the debris level goes way up, we have lots more debris to clean up and it's just not as easy to clean up as it normally would be. So, we appreciate all these volunteers coming out because they're making a huge difference for us," said Ditto Landing Executive Director Brandi Quick. 

Volunteers and groups, such as Council Member Jennie Robinson, Operation Green Team and the Southeast Family YMCA came together to pick up debris around the area. 

There were well over 100 citizens that showed up and volunteered to lend a hand at the Ditto Landing Spring Cleanup Day. According to Ditto Landing, this is what workers accomplished:

*8 graffiti removal /coverups

*Approximately 250 trash bags full at 15-20 pounds each

*Filled up an entire roll off dumpster full of debris, estimated weight 1500 pounds

*Cut down invasive species to clear the edges of pathway

*Volunteers cut at minimum of 40 piles of invasive vegetation

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"This is where families come, we're Huntsville's backyard and we're Huntsville's gateway to the Tennessee River. So, it's very important for us to have people here feeling safe and comfortable when they come out, and a clean park is easier to keep clean, people take more pride in it," said Quick.

To find out when the next clean-up event may be or to stay up to date about any of the park's events, visit the Ditto Landing Facebook page.

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