Rural Neighborhoods, Collier County Code Enforcement and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office partnered with residents to hold a clean-up in early March in the Eden Park community. The event was a huge success with over 46 tons of tires, yard waste, and other garbage collected during the four-hour event. Residents hauled their unwanted items to a central collection point then received help unloading it into dumpsters brought in specially for the event. Residents welcomed the opportunity to dispose of their items for free resulting in non-stop traffic throughout the event.
Rural Neighborhoods volunteers partnered that day with residents on North Orange Street. Together, they worked with four homeowners to remove unwanted items and do yard work. They also picked up trash and trimmed trees on two additional vacant lots and collected tires that were illegally dumped at the north end of the street. Their hardwork resulted in eight trailer loads of yard waste and debris being removed from the street and neighbors who were thrilled to have a clean street again.
The Eden Park Clean-Up is one of several initiatives undertaken by Rural Neighborhoods for the Eden Park-Esperanza Place (EP2) neighborhoods. In a collaborative effort, Rural Neighborhoods staff is working with residents and local organizations to identify problems in the community and develop solutions to address them. The Clean-up was the first step in trying to improve the appearance and safety of the Eden Park neighborhood. To learn more about the EP2 program or to get involved, contact Dottie Cook at 239-658-3315.