Lucas Volunteers Scour Lavon Lake Trails of Trash

Lucas Volunteers Scour Lavon Lake Trails of Trash

(Sept. 21, 2019) National Lands Day, was selected this year by the City of Lucas, the Trinity Trail Preservation Association (TTPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stage what the organizers hope might become an annual event. Judging from the enthusiastic turnout, it seems likely to become an annual early-autumn affair.

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Because the trails are located adjacent to, and sometimes adjoining, Lavon Lake, over time anything that winds up in the lake can be deposited along the trails when the lake level rises as it has done several times this year. The trash deposited along the trails is diverse and can be hazardous.

More than sixty Lucas residents volunteered to cleanup several trail areas around Brockdale Park and Highland Park Trail Head from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers assembled at the Highland Park Trail Head and were divided into two teams on a perfect morning with temperatures in the low 80s and a brisk south wind that helped keep things relatively cool.

Abraham Benavides, a Lucas resident who recently relocated from McKinney, was the first to arrive. Benavides came brimming with zeal and determination.  

Benavides was followed shortly thereafter by several Boy Scouts from Troop 273 including two, Gavin and Dillon, who hoped to achieve a Camping Badge for their efforts as part of their quest to become Eagle Scouts. They were followed by a group of scouts from Troop 358.

Volunteers were treated to early morning coffee, iced water bottles, donuts and breakfast burritos, all of which were consumed quickly and with gusto. 

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Park Rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had laid out bright orange safety vests, gloves, insect spray long reach grabbers to help volunteers grab trash safely, and of course, a generous supply of trash bags. 

Following the safety briefing, all volunteers were transported by city employees along the trail in rented ATVs, which for the kids, was a highpoint of the morning. Following the trash collection, another highpoint was the lunch served to all volunteers. The morning ended with lots of smiles and bags and bags of collected trash. While a decision has not yet been made, it seems likely that the Lavon Lake trail cleanup may, indeed, become an annual event.

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