A big pile of trash later, annual Palisades Park clean-up a success

Windy weather wasn’t enough to keep a horde of park enthusiasts, conservationists and local do-gooders from the annual Palisades Park cleanup.

“We found couches, tires, shingles, yard trash, house trash, anything and everything you can think of,” said Palisades Volunteer Organization Secretary Crystal Bingham, “we’ve pulled paint cans out of creek beds, and if they rust you over you have chemicals going into the water.”

The annual clean-up she says has been going on for over four decades and each year results in too big of a pile of trash.

“Today we had some concrete curbing someone threw out,” she said.

Another concern for the volunteers was clearing out abandoned homeless encampments, which yielded quite a bit of waste.

“It can be a safety issue for them and other residents,” she said, citing concerns about fire’s being started in those camps.

She asks that as another clean-up wraps up that we all take a minute to better appreciate the green spaces in Spokane.

“We hike here, we bike here, I horseback ride here, people walk there dogs here. Its an area where kids can learn conservancy and learn about the benefits of getting outside,” she said, “its a wonderful space, but people need to know how to take care of it.”

Plain and simple, that involves not throwing out your trash in the park.

“Whatever park you are at, wherever, be it a state park, county, national, reserve, look for trash, pick up a little bit and don’t leave anything behind,” she said.

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