Volunteers clean the streets

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Garden Club and the Diggers and Weeders Garden Club of Lake Charles recently entered the City of Lake Charles in the Cleanest City Contest, a litter prevention program sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.

District judging will be on April 7 and Lake Charles residents are encouraged to do their part to spruce up their yards prior to that day by picking up litter, planting flowers, and doing any landscaping that will improve the general appearance of their property.

This will be the first time since Hurricane Rita that Lake Charles has been entered in the contest. To give the city an edge, local groups volunteered their Saturday morning to make sure we look the part. Participating in the City and Team Green of Southwest Louisiana's semi-annual Adopt-A-Spot event - volunteers picked up trash along area streets.

We caught up with the Pelican Coast Parrot Head Club on Sallier Street.

"Our group's motto is 'Party With a Purpose.' We just decided this was a worthwhile project. So we are going to clean up the streets a little bit. I think we have about 30 or 40 of our members out here. This is our first time out. We'll be doing this again and hopefully from now on," said Gary Primeaux, Pelican Coast Parrot Head Club President.

The following groups participated in Saturday's cleanup:

Top Ladies of Distinction - Opelousas St. from Lyons St. west to Enterprise Blvd.

Top Teens of America - Clifton Recreation Center to Gieffers St.

Pelican Coast Parrot Head Club – Sallier St. from Lake St. to Port of Lake Charles

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – 12th St. from Ryan St. to Highway 14

The following organizations – with their adopt-a-spot locations – picked up at an earlier date:

Lionel Elmer's Radiator Shop – Moeling, Fitzenreiter, & Opelousas.

CINC – Avenue J to Chennault

To Adopt-A-Spot groups must pick up trash on a certain stretch of roadway twice a year. If you would like to volunteer your services you can call the City of Lake Charles at 491-1200.

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