Adoption of stretch of trail a labor of love

Adoption of stretch of trail a labor of love

first_imgUnfazed by the cold and blustery weather on Thursday morning, a group of volunteers combed the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail near Devine Road to rid the greenway of trash and debris.After a short winter break, Thursday was the first day of cleaning season along the trail for the local walking and exercise club the Vancouver USA Volkssport Club.At a quick glance the area looked clean, but it didn’t take long to see that some trail users leaving their trash behind.Within the first few minutes of combing the area around the trailhead parking lot on Devine Road, volunteers found a skateboard and a small makeup bag full of hypodermic needles, as well as the regular mix of broken glass and cigarette butts.“The good news is, that’s not normally what we encounter,” club president Tom Baltes said of the needles kit.Baltes describes the Volkssporters as civic minded and regular users of the trail.The Volkssporters are now in their second year of cleaning 2 miles of the trail on a monthly basis from February to October.Last year, some of the members noticed graffiti and trash building up along the path.Baltes said a few members asked the city to put greater emphasis on cleaning and patrolling the trail, and then they realized they could pitch in, too.last_img

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