Let’s Get Creative!

Project Front Yard has already inspired kids in our schools, students in our colleges, multi-generations of families, and our diverse business community to join in — and their creativity has impressed us!

Brainstorm

People are having fun with ideas and enjoying getting their buddies together for a weekend project. From Trash Bash collection days to artwork created with garbage, to river paddling cleanup efforts, the options are limitless. Let the brainstorming begin! Because it’s true, you can do it yourself!

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Project Examples

Pop-Up Playground – Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play, stocked with recycles materials (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) and staffed by playworkers.  An introductory version of the classic adventure playground model, they gently introduce themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together. https://popupadventureplaygrounds.wordpress.com/welcome/pop-up-adventure-playgrounds/ Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

Plant a Tree – TreesAcadiana is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting and conserving trees, urban areas and community forests. The primary goal of the organization is to maintain the community’s living environment. TreesAcadiana sponsors public tree plantings; provides education on the importance of planting and conserving trees and urban forests; and, supports the preservation of historic trees and green spaces. http://treesacadiana.org/

Park Mapping – Create a map identifying the different species of trees, plants and features in the park.

Become a PFY School – Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov to find out how!

Adopt Rockseys Toolbox – If you’re a 4th or 6th grade teacher, contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov to get your own Rocksey’s Toolbox with curriculum and materials to incorporate into your lesson plans.

Embrace A Space – Make a commitment with neighbors to join forces with the Gnome Nation. Act as advocates, beautifying a public space with quarterly litter cleanup events of a designated space. Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

School-Wide Recycling Program – Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov to get started.

Plastic Bag Roundup – Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov to get started.

Create a Community Garden – Getting children involved in creating a community garden teaches them about responsibility, patience and empowerment. Plus, they’ll enjoy healthy snacks made from what they cultivate.

Alternative Means of Transportation – Reduce your carbon footprint by riding your bike to work or utilizing city transportation. Take advantage of RideAcadiana (rideacadiana.com), an initiative designed to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road, easing traffic congestion and air pollution by linking rural and urban areas.

Reduce Your Office Waste – Appoint a committee to assess how much waste your business is responsible for and come up with ideas of reducing that waste. Consider quarterly paper-shredding days and encourage employees to use reusable water bottles. Place a recycle bin next to the trash for cans, bottles and other recyclable material.

Embrace A Space – Make a commitment with your organization or business by joining forces with the Gnome Nation. Act as advocates, beautifying a public space with quarterly litter cleanup events of a designated space in your community. Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

Embrace A Space – Make a commitment with neighbors to join forces with the Gnome Nation. Act as advocates, beautifying a public space with weekly or quarterly litter cleanup events of a designated space. Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

Storm Drain Art – Storm drains are essential to the functionality of our city but we can improve our street-scape by painting these storm drains with bright colors and designs that reflect our unique culture. Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

Plant a Tree – TreesAcadiana is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting and conserving trees in both urban areas and community forests. The primary goal of the organization is to maintain the community’s living environment. TreesAcadiana sponsors public tree plantings; provides education on the importance of planting and conserving trees and urban forests; and, supports the preservation of historic trees and green spaces. http://treesacadiana.org/

Pocket Park – A small park created on an empty lot for community access. Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Day – Encourage your neighbors to participate in Household Hazardous Waste Day, an event with Latex paint re-blending stations where people can bring unused paint to be donated to the Habitat ReStore.

Plogging – Do you and your neighbors like to jog? Next time, try Plogging – picking up litter while jogging. The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka-upp” meaning pick up.

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Gnome Nation

Hey y’all, its Yardley! Welcome to Gnome Nation, my new web-app and home where you can take action on making spaces in our community clean and green. Our community needs some home grown love and you are just the human to make it happen. None us want litter near our homes so take action today and login on to the Gnome Nation app and earn points for making Lafayette clean and beautiful!

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