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Woodward Park A Mess After Easter Weekend

Woodward Park A Mess After Easter Weekend

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) - Woodward Park, it's known as one of Fresno's most beautiful spots, especially on a spring day like today.

But as you can see in the photo above, the park is filled with left over trash.

"I don't like it here anymore than I do on the sides of the freeway," said George Grieswich, a frequent visitor.

The park is usually clean, but right now, it looks like a mess.

Onlookers can see bags full of trash, dirty plates and old food left behind by visitors.

According to park supervisors, it gets this way after holiday weekends, especially popular ones like Easter.

The park hit a record over the weekend with nearly 10,000 visitors.

"If you brought it in here, then there is no reason why can't pack it out. If the garbage can is full, then take it home," said Faron Reed who bikes at the park several times a week.

Crews typically need up to three days to get the park completely clean after a busy weekend.

Supervisors say it takes extra staff and extra taxpayer money to get it done.

"It's tough when you see the animals with plastic and with things they shouldn't be eating. It's our responsibility, they don't know better so we need to pick up the slacks," said Faron.

Signs indicating "no littering," are everywhere, but some people ignore the warnings.  

Over the weekend, employees handed out flyers to inform visitors of clean-up and parking ordinances.

They also handed out extra trash bags for visitors to clean up after themselves.

In some cases supervisors say, it’s the homeless who rummage through the trash and leave a mess, other times, its people out for a good time who leave their junk behind.

"There are a few people that are very diligent… that are in here cleaning all of the time. We give them a lot of praise and that is awesome but everybody needs to do their part. If everybody does it then it's an easy job," said Faron.

The city of Fresno's "Adopt a Park" program pairs up with local volunteers to carry out park clean-ups.

If you would like to pitch in, go to www.fresno.gov.

Park officials say they expect to finish cleaning by noon on Tuesday.

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