KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department announced Wednesday it planned to invite the community to aid in a Saturday cleanup at the site of the former Enoco Coal Mine Site.
Department leaders have plans to turn the former site into a new park.
The site, which is just outside of Bruceville, served as a coal mine in the 1940s. The Knox County Parks Department took over the grounds in the '70s.
Four brick structures still sit on the grounds, with a gravel trail leading back to an Indiana Department of Natural Resources man-made wet-land.
The wet-land serves as a filtration system that removes impurities from the mine's toxic runoff. Each pond works differently.
"We're hoping to get people out and clean up, we thought it was a good way to get people to connect to the property," said Rama Sobhani, Knox County Parks and Recreation Superintendent.
Parks staffers and volunteers are encouraged to turn out at the site Saturday at 9 a.m. Staffers are expected to stay at the site until noon.
"There's a lot of trash that's been left here over the years; there were people dumping trash illegally," said Sobhani.
In one structure, trash was tossed about on the floor: a beer can, old propane tanks, empty plastic bottles, old home siding and glass mason jars.
"We thought if we could get people out here, that'd be great, " added Sobhani, who believes one of the biggest challenges of making the new park a popular Knox County destination is awareness. Not many people are aware the site is county owned.
For now, the site is closed. The Parks department hopes to have the area ready for visitors in the spring of 2014.
What: Clean Up Event
When: Saturday, Oct.19.
Time: 9 a.m - Noon
Where: Enoco Coal Mine Site; N. Side of Grundman Rd. S. Of Bruceville
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