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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: September 20, 2011

Ready to get outdoors to volunteer and play with your family? Kids will have a chance to beautify Fairview Park in Hillsborough and take part in a Bug Safari nature program there on Saturday, Sept. 24. That's when the Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation and Play Every Day is sponsoring a Pick Up and Play Day as part of National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest annual volunteer effort to benefit public lands.

Planned events at the park, located at 195 Torain St., include maintaining trails, planting trees, removing litter and clearing paths around the community garden from 9– 11 a.m.  Take your favorite pair of work gloves. Water will be provided.  After you've finished the service projects, you're invited to take a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park.

If your little ones like critters, check out the Bug Safari nature program for children, led by a member of Orange County's Little River Park staff.  Explorers will search through the "bug-infested jungle" of the park, observing the wild and weird world of insects.  A children's play event for N.C. Play Daze, an initiative of the N.C. Early Childhood Active Play Alliance and Be Active Kids, will round out the day's activities from 12:30- 2:30 p.m.  Registration begins at the Fairview Park Picnic Shelter at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit Fairview Park's website.

This May, Fairview Park opened a range of new facilities that include basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, volley ball area, a horseshoe area, a walking track and a picnic shelter with restrooms.

This article was updated onSept. 21





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