It was a great kickoff to summer in Grandview as volunteers spruced up Belvidere Park.
Jackson County COMBAT, County Executive Frank White, Jr. and Grandview Mayor Jones welcomed neighbors, volunteers and Grandview Public Safety out to the park for the second neighborhood cleanup and drug take back of the year.
County Executive applauded the Grandview neighborhood saying, “It takes the community to be willing to come out and do the things that your community is doing today. A clean neighborhood is a safe neighborhood.”
Mayor Jones added, “We are grateful for what COMBAT does. It’s one thing to go through the process of cleaning up because it makes the community stronger and better.”
Police Chief Charles Iseman and Sergeant Greg Smith worked closely with COMBAT to help coordinate trash services and materials from Grandview Parks and Recreation to repaint the park sign and build a flowerbed below it. A group of kids from Camp Kaleidoscope, a youth summer program operated by Grandview Parks and Recreation, helped repaint the Belvidere Park sign. Volunteers from the Fire Department, as well as Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, laid new stone, soil and mulch around the sign to house a bed of flowers beneath the sign.
A new edition to the park is the ‘Little Library’ built and donated by Cub Scout Pack 364. Children will be able to ‘take a book or leave a book’ all summer long.
Dumpsters and a mobile unit were kindly donated by KC Disposal. A crew was on site to help residents unload bulky items from their cars and also assisted neighbors with curbside pickup. Gail’s Harley Davidson of Grandview also kindly donated funds for volunteer restrooms and bottled water.
The Grandview Fire Chief and his Fire and Rescue team canvassed the neighborhood with COMBAT door hangers, providing information about COMBAT and the many programs and resources they fund.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was also on site. Deputies collected three bags full of unused and expired medications from the neighborhood.
All of the volunteers worked up an appetite and enjoyed hotdogs, cooked by Taking It To The Streets, a disaster relief and community outreach organization.