North Spokane community cleans house

Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com
Published On: May 20 2012 08:17:08 PM PDT
North Spokane community cleans house
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A large group of parents and friends in the Shiloh Hills community decided to give nearby land a face lift. They cleaned up an area where kids go in the summer that's littered with trash.

"It almost appears as if truckloads came in and just dumped them. We've found barbed wire, scrap metals, of course lots of bottles and cans," Michelle Palm said.

Some of the volunteers think the land is also used as a chop shop because of all the tires and car parts. In fact, in just three hours they collected close to 200 tires.

"It should be a very fun place for people to ride their bikes and everything and it's horrible. I've never seen something so bad out here," Volunteer Kelly Berry said.

Joe Snell brings his kids dirt biking in the area and says the trash can be dangerous. He says he's run illegal dumpers off the land before.

"People are out here dumping trash, and trash, and trash, which is just sad. This is a little area people try to enjoy," Snell said.

The neighbors are splitting up the junk into each other's garbage bins and helping split the cost of going to the landfill.

Home Depot donated working gloves, and Discount Tire is recycling the tires.
Although the land is mostly out of sight, it's not out of these volunteers minds.

"You've got low-lifes out here that don't want to run to the dump. This isn't a free dump," Snell said.