State Police Employees Clean up Debris to Keep Memorial Park Clean
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Memorial Park Adopt-a-Street volunteers today cleaned up a portion of Springfield’s Lawrence Avenue near the ISP Memorial Park that was littered with debris from the winter months. Dedicated ISP volunteers worked during their lunch hour and quickly filled garbage bags full of refuse including styrofoam cups, fast food bags, and other flying debris discarded by motorists and pedestrians.
The ISP Memorial Park Adopt-a-Street program was formed to encourage the public to do their part to help keep Springfield streets and parks clean- especially on Earth Day. At the same time, officials also used the opportunity to remind the public of the sacrifice and service ISP officers have given as future plans for a permanent memorial park are underway.
“More than 60 Illinois State Police officers have given their lives protecting the citizens of Illinois,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “The ISP Memorial Park is a place to honor and remember those officers and their families who have given so much protecting the citizens of our state. We consider it a privilege to help protect the memorial made to honor the sacrifices of our fallen and ISP employees take pride in maintaining its appearance,” he added.
The ISP Memorial Park serves as a place of peace and comfort for those who have lost a family member or friends and as a public gathering site for visitors to remember the brave heroes.
The ISP Memorial Park Adopt-a-Street volunteers meet four times a year to keep the park clean and to remove debris from the area along Lawrence Avenue from 6th to 9th Street. This is the 2nd time ISP volunteers have participated in the program.
ISP Memorial Park Adopt-a-Street Volunteers