This article originally appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine on January 11th 2022

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy released details Tuesday about its park clean-up efforts through the Park Champion Clean-Up Program. The agency is encouraging Pittsburghers to sign up for solo or small-group clean- =ups on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday, allowing for a safe and socially distanced act of service.

The Park Champion Clean-Up Program is an ongoing volunteer effort to remove debris and litter from the city’s parks. Park Champions can select which park, what day and the time they’d like to participate. It’s a year-round endeavor, but conservancy officials say it’s also a great way to honor King’s legacy and work.

“Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is important every day but especially on MLK Day,” Erin Tobin, Community Engagement Manager for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, said in a press release. “Caring for Pittsburgh’s parks and working together to ensure that they remain clean, safe spaces for everyone is a great way to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.”

Read the full article here