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4/14/07-Tyler

East Texans Gather To Keep Tyler Beautiful

This morning, more than a hundred volunteers gathered in downtown Tyler and Rose Rudman Park to pick up the trash others left behind.  For many East Texans, our parks and running trails are a place to get away and enjoy the outdoors, but still for others, it's just another place to throw out their trash.

"We've already probably seen about 50 bags of trash," said Kristi Boyett, with Keep Tyler Beautiful. "Last year we picked up 188 bags." This morning, Keep Tyler Beautiful along with Don't Mess with Texas held its annual trash off, an event that helps keep the garbage off the streets and out of our creeks.

"It would probably just float along in the water and whenever it rains it just keeps getting pushed on into the lakes," said Boyett.  In downtown Tyler, another group of volunteers put on gloves and got out their rakes and garbage bags.

"Leaves, trash, cigarette butts, they all need to be cleaned up," said volunteer Sherry Rogers. "People from out of town come to a smaller town like Tyler, and they see the brick streets, they don't want to have to look at all the trash, so we are kind giving Tyler a little face lift." It's something a group of children from the Tyler Jack and Jill organization says they are happy to be apart of.

"Somebody has to clean it up," said volunteer Jacob Hubbard.  "Somebody has to clean it up." We are just making everything a better place for everybody, so they can come bring their families and stuff out here." So, the next time your downtown Tyler, or walk around Rose Rudman Park, you have all these people to thank for keeping Tyler beautiful.

Keep Tyler Beautiful says it collected more than a hundred bags of trash from the Rose Rudman Creek. Downtown volunteers picked up 45 bags worth of trash.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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