Volunteers Fill Trash Bags for Park Cleanup

Brentwood resident and REI employee Aaron Kent looks for litter in Brentwood Park on April 20. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood resident and REI employee Aaron Kent hunts for litter in Brentwood Park on April 2. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

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By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

You might notice that Brentwood’s parks look a little cleaner recently. That’s thanks to about 20 people who participated in the REI park cleanup on Saturday morning, April 2.

The event was sponsored by the Brentwood REI store, which provided trash bags, beverages, snacks and about a half dozen employees to help with the cleanup. A lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs was prepared by Brentwood Parks and Recreation personnel. It has been held annually for at least five years.

Bags full of trash are piled in Memorial Park.
Volunteers pile their trash bags in Memorial Park.

The volunteers met in Memorial Park on a cool, clear morning and spent a couple of hours roaming the city’s trails and creek banks gathering litter and other items. They filled a couple of dozen large trash bags.

“We enjoy our partnership with REI and the support of community members who come out,” said Brentwood’s Recreation Superintendent Eric Gruenenfelder. “After that last flood we have a lot of loose trash.”

Brentwood Recreation Superintendent Eric Gruenenfelder drags dead branches out of the brush in Memorial Park.
Brentwood Recreation Superintendent Eric Gruenenfelder drags dead branches out of the brush in Memorial Park.

During lunch REI held a prize raffle and also gave an award to the person who found the most interesting item. The finalists were a man’s Footjoy golf shoe, a woman’s blue scarf, a dog’s chew toy and a heavy, 3-foot-long plumbing pipe. The winner, based on the crowd’s applause, was the pipe, perhaps because it took some lifting for Bodhi Etheridge to bring it to the trash pile.

Brentwood Parks and Recreation Business Manager Sue Krewson registers volunteers for the cleanup.
Brentwood Parks and Recreation Business Manager Sue Krewson registers volunteers for the cleanup.
Claire Etheridge and her son Bodhi show off their haul.
Residents Claire Etheridge and her son Bodhi show off their haul.
REI employee Susie Stevenson.
REI employee Susie Stevenson puts litter in her trash bag.
And man and his daughter collect trash together in Memorial Park.
A man and his daughter collect trash together in Memorial Park.
Resident Amanda Stoermer finds litter on the bank of a creek.
Resident Amanda Stoermer picks up trash with a reach extender.
An REI employee finds trash hung up on some rocks.
An REI employee finds trash hung up on some rocks.
Resident Ian Lyons and his daughter Claire cross the foot bridge in Memorial Park.
Resident Ian Lyons and his daughter Claire cross the foot bridge in Memorial Park.
Cooking hot dogs and hamburgers for the volunteers are Parks and Recreation employees Tammy Bumgarner (left), Chris Cholley and Sue Krewson.
Cooking hot dogs and hamburgers for the volunteers are Parks and Recreation employees Tammy Bumgarner (left), Chris Cholley and Sue Krewson.

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