Record-Breaking Attendance at Jones Park Earth Day Event

By Kim Hammond, Volunteer Coordinator

Nature lovers may notice less litter along local waterways, thanks to a massive Earth Day cleanup event at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. A team of 145 volunteers participated in Earth Day 2019 activities to clean up the Kenswick drainage channel at the park.

The cleanup comes after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey and more recent storms deposited large amounts of litter and debris along the drainage channel that empties into Spring Creek. Although park rangers, Eagle Scouts, and various volunteer groups have worked to clean up the approximately 67,000-square-foot area, more help was needed for such a large-scale waterway cleanup and vegetation management project.

In response to a call for more volunteers, an army of helpers reported for duty, including corporate employee volunteer programs, college organizations, high school clubs, Girl Scout troops, and concerned individuals. Teams worked together to trim back low-lying limbs, skim the water surface for trash, pick up litter, remove invasive and non-native plant species, and plant native trees. Amazingly, volunteers collected more than 40 garbage bags of litter!

We’re proud of all our volunteers who prevented an extensive amount of litter from ending up in Spring Creek, enhanced the drainage channel’s water flow, and restored the natural habitat of the area. A big thank you to everyone who made Earth Day special!