REI sponsors; anyone missing a golf shoe?
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
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.
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.”
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.