Harnett County will host a countywide cleanup event and groundbreaking ceremony for a new park Saturday, April 28. The free event will include food and entertainment for the community, along with a countywide effort to cleanup Harnett County’s roadways.
The County will break ground on Patriots Park, located at 721 Ponderosa Road, Cameron, next to the Johnsonville Convenience Site. The groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the unveiling of art display for the park and demonstration from the artist. The event will also include free lunch and entertainment by the Drifting River Bluegrass Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, there will be a countywide cleanup from 8 to 11 a.m. All residents who are able are encouraged to participate by picking up trash and debris from roadside areas across the county. Volunteers are encouraged to form their own groups, or Harnett County Solid Waste may assign them to a cleanup group. Volunteers may either meet at 721 Ponderosa Road, Cameron, at 7:30 a.m. to receive assignments along with cleanup supplies (including collection bags and gloves), or they may begin from their desired cleanup location but should contact Harnett County Solid Waste in advance to make the County aware of their cleanup effort and receive supplies.
“We live in a county with a pristine natural landscape, and we want to keep it that way by making sure our roadways are free of trash and litter,” said interim Assistant County Manager Brian Haney. “This is a priority of the Harnett County Board of Commissioners and we’re asking for everyone’s help in making Harnett County a place where people want to live and visit.”
The new park is a continuation of the County’s efforts to provide enhanced services to residents throughout the Harnett County through strategic partnerships between County departments. The Boone Trail Community Center and Library opened last year as a partnership between Harnett County Parks & Recreation and the Harnett County Public Library. Patriots Park will be co-located with the new Johnsonville Convenience Site to provide residents in the area with convenient access to recreational opportunities along with recycling and waste disposal.
The park’s first phase will include multi-use fields, a walking trail, and parking with an accompanying roadway. Future phases will see the addition of a playground, picnic shelter, and a basketball court.
Revenue for the park will be generated through the sale of timber from the park site, and the County will save money by using Solid Waste staff to grade the multi-use fields, road, parking lots and walking trails. Parks and Recreation staff will complete the first phase by developing the ballfields, sowing grass seed, and finishing the trail system.
“We are excited to partner with the citizens of the Johnsonville community and with Harnett County Solid Waste to provide these facilities in an area that is currently underserved recreationally,” said Harnett County Parks & Recreation Director Carl Davis. “This park meets many of the goals established through our Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which the Board of Commissioners adopted last year.”
The Patriots Park groundbreaking is made possible in part through funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, and through assistance from the Harnett County Properties Corporation and Harnett County Parks & Recreation.
The countywide cleanup is sponsored by the Keep Harnett Beautiful campaign, which promotes the importance of cleanliness, recycling and reusability in Harnett County.
To volunteer for the cleanup, or for more information, contact Harnett County Solid Waste at (910) 814-6156.