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Alert! The City of Kissimmee sent notification that the Planting Party has been CANCELLED due to weather and safety concerns for this coming Saturday, March 29. The planning team will be meeting next week to reschedule and you will notified if you have registered with the new date as soon as we have more information.
The Kissimmee Civic Center Pond is an important part of Osceola County’s and the City’s Stormwater Management System and helps prevent water pollution from entering the downstream watershed all the way to the Everglades and our coastal areas of South Florida. When we had the heavy rains last week, it served its intended function collecting run off from neighborhood yards, parking areas and streets and prevented flooding in the Kissimmee downtown area. It allowed litter and stormwater to stay in the pond while it filtered out nutrients (that make algae and water weeds grow) before flowing into Lake Tohopekaliga.litter was picked up around the pond on Wednesday 3/26 and the primary litter items were cigarette filters, which release toxic chemicals into the water and do not easily decompose. There were also small pieces of plastic trash. The goal is to continue to provide education on ways to prevent various types of pollution going into our stormwater ponds so we can keep our lakes, rivers and oceans downstream clean.
Our origional program was scheduled listed as below:
Help protect our lake, Lake Tohopekaliga, and the Everglades! You will be making a difference in our community!
Volunteers are needed to help plant wetland plants along the pond edge for wildlife habitat and water quality protection. Learn about aquascaping, wetland plants and common birds that will visit the pond in the future.
Location: Park north of new Civic Center Pond, enter off Tohopekaliga from Drury Avenue and park in grass parking area southeast of Civic Center. There is no access from Civic Center or Library parking area due to another event.
Who: Youth and adult volunteers are needed. Groups (scouts, clubs, classes, business teams) are invited. This activity qualifies for volunteer hours for Bright Futures Scholarships and other programs needing volunteers. Youth should be accompanied by an adult and must bring a liability wavier signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.
What to bring: Download, print and sign the liability wavier for each participant and bring with you to save time. Water bottle, snack, sun screen, camera, work gloves, (optional-mop bucket or 5 gallon bucket with your name on it, small garden trowel labeled with your name on it)
What to wear: Clothes and shoes that can get wet, hat, sunglasses.