With working gloves on his hands, and carrying a trash bag, Doug Vanjoff volunteered his time on Saturday afternoon to pick up trash during the Hickory Creek cleanup day.

With working gloves on his hands, and carrying a trash bag, Doug Vanjoff volunteered his time on Saturday afternoon to pick up trash during the Hickory Creek cleanup day.

“We walk the path every year and we wanted to keep the stream clean,” said Vanjoff. “It (keeping the waterways clean) is very important to us, we use the path almost every day. We see the garbage. We just want to keep it (creek) clean.”

Around a handful of people participated in the spring event. They met at noon at the pavilion near the ball fields in Morse Park and for two to three hours, walked the creek and its banks picking up trash.

“You see plastic shopping bags, cups from fast food restaurants and miscellaneous fast food trash,” he said.

Asked if Vanjoff is seeing more or less trash at Hickory Creek, he said, “I would say that it has not necessarily declined, it goes in spurts. Of course the worst days are Sunday mornings, you see more trash on Sunday mornings.”

Vanjoff said he thinks the park is used a lot and told about a story of a friend of his.
 
“He use to run here every Sunday, he would run down the path with his garbage bag and pick up the trash,” he said. “They have garbage cans here, but they could use some more in certain areas too. I think that people walking on the path all of a sudden, they are not going to carry their trash for long distance.”

Morse Park gets used a lot for picnics, family gatherings, ball games, walking dogs and even walking the walking trails.

“We have this nice park and people are utilizing it,” Vanjoff said.