Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Pine Bluff needs volunteers to assist in a community beautification event from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Sponsors are the Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service and the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department.

“The beautification event will allow participants to assist with community development efforts in Pine Bluff to increase quality of life for residents and quality of experience for tourists,” according to a news release. “Volunteers will be needed to help plant trees and flowers and to remove illegally discarded trash from the park.”

The event will also include informative tips on beneficial planting techniques, mulching approaches, other plant care considerations, refreshments and door prizes.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with so many great community partners to protect regional water quality and assist with community beautification and urban forestry efforts,” said John Pennington, Jefferson County urban stormwater agent.

Partners in the event include the City of Pine Bluff, M.K. Distributors, the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas Forestry Commission, and the Arkansas Community Foundation.

“The planting of trees means improved water quality and more recharging of the ground water supply,” according to the release.

In Arkansas, 27,000 volunteers participate annually in Keep Arkansas Beautiful events and 2,000 volunteers from Jefferson County participated in beautification events in 2018, according to the release.

For details on the MLK beautification event or about protecting water quality and best managing natural resources, contact John Pennington at or visit

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture which offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.