Mill Creek Parkway was started in 1994 by Moab City and is comprised of approximately five miles of paved and unpaved trail and the recently acquired 17 acres of land west of 500 West, called Anonymous Park, which is already under trail construction. Joggers, walkers and cyclists can be found enjoying the parkway at all times of day. With the amount of usage it receives, not only footprints are left behind, but trash, also.
Although Moab City Public Works employees regularly maintain the Mill Creek Parkway grounds, clearing debris from the walkway and emptying the trashcans provided, a lot of trash accumulates in the brush along the creek corridor and in the streambed.
Sara Melnicoff, who has been instrumental in the formation of Solutions said, “Instead of one person doing everything, we want to involve a lot of people who do just a little bit.”
“Friends of the Parkway” is set up for individuals, groups or organizations to adopt a section of the parkway and monthly remove all trash and recyclable materials found in the area. Melnicoff hopes to have all volunteers weigh their recyclables collected before hauling to the recycling station to keep track of how much reusable material is being removed.
In early July, Melnicoff approached the Moab City Council with the idea for “Friends of the Parkway.” The council was supportive and since then the city has donated the money for recent advertisements.
David Olsen, Moab City Community Development Director, is working on a map of the parkway citing who has adopted which section, which will be displayed on one of the entryway kiosks. Solutions’ goal is to have ten groups signed up by the end of September, and they’re more than half way there already. Moab City Police and Green Solutions Curbside Recycling have sponsored sections of the parkway, as well as other individuals and groups. Moab City Council and staff have been approached about adopting a section, also.
Other projects Solutions has on the back burner are the purchase of a piece of pasture land adjacent to the new Maverik and getting the water flowing in MR Creek through town by having people donate their unused irrigation shares back into the creek.
“The healthier the whole planet gets, the healthier the community gets,” said Melnicoff. For more information on Solutions and “Friends of the Parkway” call Sara Melnicoff at 259-0910.