Fort Worth, TX, April 26, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Cleaner Parks, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit, has completed a five month litter cleanup campaign at State Parks around the DFW metroplex. Starting in December at Mineral Wells State Park, the Cleaner Parks Board of Directors and volunteers managed to remove 86 pounds of trash from the park. Both the number of volunteers and the pounds of trash have increased since that point.
"We were pretty skeptical at first that anyone would show up to clean a park," Stephen Riella stated. "We started this program and the weather did not help at all. It was frequently cold and raining, but volunteers kept meeting us and the size of the groups grew and finally the weather improved."
After five months and five State Parks, Cleaner Parks has removed just over 1,200 pounds of trash from the area. Most recently they also pitched in to assist Isle of Du Bois at Lake Ray Roberts State Park's interpretive center, which needed updates of several skulls, pelts and taxidermy pieces to aid in park education.
"The generosity of our donors has really blown us away," Matt Vaughan, Board Member stated. "We came into this knowing that we needed to raise as much as possible for the donation of items and we are so happy with the result."
Cleaner Parks is moving forward on new programs and expanding their cleanup efforts, in addition to a membership drive. This year will see them as far south as the Gulf Coast and bringing cleanups to neighboring New Mexico. "We have big plans this year and we will be rolling out a new program that, with a little hard work, will benefit parks all around the State," Matt Vaughan exclaimed. "Visit our website often for updates on clean up efforts." www.cleanerparks.org
Stephen Riella, President