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Help with the Mansfield Trashoff April 21

Town Park is the starting--and ending place for the 6th Annual Mansfield Trashoff April 21.
Town Park is the starting--and ending place for the 6th Annual Mansfield Trashoff April 21.
2009 Patricia Cook

Now that it’s officially spring, which is famous for, among other things, spring cleaning at home, how about some spring cleaning in Mansfield? Town Park and surrounding areas are the spot for the 6th annual Mansfield Trashoff, being held on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers can register starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the park, and will then spread out to begin picking up trash from the park and along Main Street (from Pleasant Ridge to the bridge). No worries about being on the road: officers will be on hand to make sure everyone stays safe as they cross the street.

If you’re wondering why you should help clean up trash in Mansfield, and what you’ll get for it, the answers are many. In addition to detracting from the natural beauty of the park and natural areas, trash can also cause harm and damage to plants and wildlife (remember the penguin in Happy Feet with the plastic 6-pack wrapper around its neck?); trash in the roads can be a traffic hazard.

As for what you’ll get for participating, beyond the pride of being part of a worthwhile community project, you’ll see a prettier park and roadway, have a fun morning, and when it’s all over, you’ll be eligible for the hot dog cookout in the pavilion at Town Park.

All you have to bring is yourself; all the supplies you’ll need to help (trash bags, gloves, safety vests) will be provided.

Although this event has not been designated as an Earth Day event, with Earth Day being April 22, this is a great way to do a good deed for Mother Earth!

Other things you need to know: volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult; long-sleeved shirts, pants, and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended to make your experience more comfortable and safe.

For more information about the Mansfield Trashoff, contact Arianne Shipley at 817-276-4297 or email arianne.shipley@mansfield-tx.gov. Online registration is available. Town Park is located at 500 N. Main St.

Happy Earth Day!

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