Participation numbers at the Keep Shawnee Beautiful Spring Trash Bash surpassed those of last year. Volunteers joined together to clean up littered areas in Shawnee.

Participation numbers at the Keep Shawnee Beautiful Spring Trash Bash surpassed those of last year. Volunteers joined together to clean up littered areas in Shawnee.

The April 12 event, hosted by the City of Shawnee Parks Department, in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, kicked off at 8 a.m. at Kid’s Space Community Park and lasted until noon. At the start of registration, James Bryce, city director of operations, was encouraged by initial sign-up.

“Last year, we didn’t have very many show up, but there’s just been kind of a push this year to get some people to show up,” Bryce said. “I think we’ve already topped what we had last year and we just started.”

Robert Cash, chairman of the City Beautification Board, said city firemen and representatives from the Gordon Cooper Technology Center were among volunteers. Some volunteers documented their efforts.

“We were glad that we had several that were able to use this event to count as community service,” Cash said. “We had 20-plus volunteers, which doubled our numbers from last year.”

Volunteers were assigned affected areas throughout the city.

When asked which areas would take priority, City Commissioner John Winterringer joked, “Well, the trashiest areas of course.”

Key areas included Lake Road to Kickapoo Spur, 45th Street and portions of the Shawnee Regional Airport, including the Japanese Garden.

“The biggest group of people will probably be on Independence over here, east of Bryan,” Bryce said.

Volunteers were provided gloves, vests, trash bags and refreshments. Sponsors included Billy Boy Bar-B-Q, Busy B’s Donuts, Dan Marker Counseling Center, Don’s Plants, Doyle’s Daylight Donuts, Pond Pro Shop, Shawnee Garden and Landscape, Shawnee Firefighters, Sonic, Tractor Supply and Vision Bank.

When the event came to a close, participants were eligible for door prizes. Prizes included a potted flower from Don’s Plants and gift certificates from Shawnee Garden and Landscape, Sonic and Wal-Mart.

The event resulted in around 50 collected bags of trash. Cash is already looking forward to next year’s success.

“We would love churches, youth groups, other schools to be involved in our next Trash Bash,” Cash said. “We would also encourage business leaders to help promote our efforts. We feel it's a teaching tool for families to encourage the next generation to not only serve in the community, but also not to litter.”