Woodstock Youth Center cleans up

More than 25 people, including local young adults, representatives of the Woodstock Historical Society and parents with young children, donned orange vests, gloves and carried bags as they cleared the trash from Andy Lee Field , from the city’s two municipal parking lots and around the Woodstock Youth Center to show respect for the environment on Earth Day, April 22. (Photos by Dion Ogust)

More than 25 people, including local young adults, representatives of the Woodstock Historical Society and parents with young children, donned orange vests, gloves and carried bags as they cleared the trash from Andy Lee Field , from the city’s two municipal parking lots and around the Woodstock Youth Center to show respect for the environment on Earth Day, April 22.

“We filled the whole back of the city truck,” said Patrick Acker, director of recreation at the Youth Center. “We did areas where there are usually a lot of children and the public.” Acker led the event, working with Lauren Motzkin and her dog, Artie. “It was good to give back to the community, the kids were very excited about it.”

He said the young participants ranged in age from 11 to 18. Woodstock Meats provided sandwiches and people from the Historical Society gave a presentation for the attendees.

“After the cleanup they showed historic photos, showing what Woodstock looked like in the past, to help feel a little more connected to the town. It was one of the things we wanted to do,” Acker said.

He said the Youth Center would try to organize a similar event in the fall, possibly including a skating competition and a basketball tournament.

“It’s important to have a positive vibe coming out of here,” Acker said. “This place allows them to be young adults and have fun without the pressure of bullying or other environments.”

The Woodstock Youth Center is located at 60 Rock City Road and is open 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

For more information, call 845-679-2015 or email [email protected]

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