Volunteers Wanted To Help Clean Lake Zorinsky

Crystal Adle and two-year-old Jasmine are regulars at Lake Zorinsky's playground.

But their fun has limits. The lake is closed and has become something of an eyesore.

"It's very depressing," Crystal said. "You have such a beautiful lake. You see them canoeing and swimming and fishing in the summer and its so depleted there's nothing left."

The depletion of the lake was intentional -- to kill off zebra mussels.

They infested the lake and would have caused an ecological disaster if left unchecked.

Now, the community is being called to action to help clean up areas where water has receded before the lake can be refilled this fall.

"It's a wonderful way to get involved in your community to come out meet some other people have some similar interests and help support what the city has put in place for you," Crystal said. "You've got to take care of what we have or its not going to stay here."

Dawn Paben and five-year-old Malia are also enjoying the day at Lake Zorinsky.

They are equally disappointed in what the lake has become.

"It's too bad to see it that way but hopefully it will get back to normal soon," Dawn said.

And it will with our help.

"Yeah its an excellent idea," Dawn said. "I think that there's many people that utilize this area that if even half of them can come out and just do a little bit it would be pretty easy to get it all cleaned up."

Crystal Adle hopes the community turns out in force to help restore Lake Zorinsky to it's previous beauty providing benefits for everyone.

"As I tell my daughter its better to do something for somebody else and do for others and help people that maybe can't come out and take part in something they want to do and take an interest in something bigger than yourself," she said.

The cleanup runs from 8-11 Saturday morning.

Volunteers will have breakfast courtesy of HyVee.

Anyone who wants to pitch in and help is asked to meet at the entrance of the Aquatic Center at Lake Zorinsky. The entrance is off 156th Street.

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