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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project

There's no better way to spend this holiday than by giving back. It may mean getting a little dirty, but that can always be fun!

Mobile United has planned a community clean-up here at Tricentennial Park.

This event also highlights the need to protect our abundant natural resources, as it takes place on the banks of one of Mobile's most historic, yet neglected waterways, Three Mile Creek.

"Three Mile Creek was once the city's primary drinking water supply, and today it faces a variety of environmental issues, including litter," said Casi Callaway, co-chair of the Natural Resources Committee and executive director of Mobile Baykeeper.

Cleanup supplies (rubber gloves, trash pickers, trash bags, etc.), food, and beverages will be provided on site. Volunteers should expect cold weather and should dress accordingly in long-sleeved clothing. Waders and boots are also encouraged.

In addition to the cleanup, there will also be a variety of guest speakers from the community, including Mayor Sandy Stimpson, City Councilman Fred Richardson, Kelly Jones, and Karlos Finley.

Jeff DeQuattro, co-chair of the Natural Resources Committee and executive director of Delta Bike Project, is hosting a bike ride to and from the cleanup to encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation. "Offering a bike ride to the cleanup is a fun and unique way to engage different areas of the community, and we are looking forward to having a team show up on two wheels!" said DeQuattro.

To sign up for the bike ride, visit the Facebook Event Page for the ride.

For more general information about the event itself, please visit the MLK Day of Service Facebook Event Page or call Mobile United at 251-432-1638.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the cleanup will last from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Admittance to the event is free and all volunteers are welcome to attend. Volunteers with canoes and kayaks are encouraged to bring their boats to help remove as much litter from the creek as possible.

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