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Needed: Elbow grease
Fort Yargo seeks help for spruce-up

WINDER - Leaders at Fort Yargo State Park are offering area residents the chance to scratch that volunteerism itch next month.

Officials have planned the second annual Trail Volunteer Day for Sept. 26 at the spacious Winder park.

The community spruce-up begins at 8:30 a.m. Its focus will be pruning and plucking litter from sections of the park's five-mile walking trail, which borders the 260-acre lake, said Dan Schay, assistant park manager.

Needed materials: A rake or gas powered blower, and elbow grease by the bucket. There are no age restrictions.

"We're seeking as many volunteers that will come," Schay said.

The clean-up's date wasn't haphazardly chosen, Schay said. It coincides with the Georgia State Park and Historic Sites Free Day event and, on a broader scale, National Public Lands Day.

Across Georgia, thousands of families and volunteers are expected to visit and help beautify state parks that day.

Fort Yargo encompasses 18 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails on 1,816 acres.

SideBar: If you help

· What: Fort Yargo Trail Volunteer Day

· When: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26

· Where: 210 S. Broad St., Winder

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Call the park office at 770-867-3489