HARKER HEIGHTS — The temperature Saturday morning at 9 a.m. was 38, the chill factor was 29, and the winds gusted to 30 mph from the north but that didn’t stop 40 volunteers from attending the first “I Love My Parks Day,” sponsored by the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department at Purser Family Park.

Volunteers received a free T-shirt, hand warmers and refreshments.

“We have this beautiful entrance to the park and we made it a priority because it had no landscaping around it. It’s what got us to thinking about getting the residents involved. Every time they enter the park, they’ll remember they had a hand in its beautification,” said Heights Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Achee.

Volunteers went in all directions throughout the park and picked up trash, trimmed brush from low-hanging trees and provided their own tools to cut limbs.

Ella Evans, who brought her daughter and a group of Girl Scouts, told the Herald that it’s important that residents keep the parks nice and clean.

“It’s freezing cold but we’ll get it done,” she said.

Achee added that there was another painting project that was planned for the day but it was just too cold and would be added to the next to-do list.

“We’ll be doing this again,” he said.

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