On Saturday, September 28, the Village of Homer Glen invites the community to get out and enjoy public lands within the Village. The Community Cleanup event that was originally scheduled in April, but cancelled due to bad weather, has been rescheduled to coincide with Homer Glen Lands Day.
Homer Glen Lands Day was originally created in 2002 to be part of the National Public Lands Day event, which is celebrated annually throughout the United States on the fourth Saturday in September. According to the National Park Service, “National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health.”
The Village did not own any public land in 2002, so the Environment Committee created the Community and Nature in Harmony award as a way to recognize and inspire environmental stewardship. This year’s awards will be presented at the Village Board meeting on September 25. The Committee has also planted a tree on public property every year to recognize the day. This year a hickory tree will be planted in Evlyn’s Gate North park (date to be determined based on weather) to commemorate the day.
In addition to the above activities, the Environment Committee is encouraging residents to get out and enjoy public land within the Village and help keep Homer Glen beautiful. An information table will be set up from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Homer Town Square parking lot, by Jewel at 14200 S. Bell Road. Trail maps and supplies to assist with garbage pickup will be available. Individuals who sign in and assist with cleanup efforts will have their names entered in a drawing for prizes. Should weather be a concern on the day of the event, information will be posted on the website and Village of Homer Glen Facebook page.