Efforts to Keep Park Clean Underway

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SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Trash all over a park that many frequently use is definitely not a sight people want to see, but that's exactly what's been happening in Smithfield Township.

Most recently, last week, trash was left at Minisink Park near Delaware Water Gap.

Volunteers spent hours cleaning it up.

"The only thing I've seen left around was garbage. Some over flows of garbage and some dog poop that wasn't picked up," said Debby Heller of Winona Lakes.

Debby Heller and her husband bike the trails at the township park all the time. They were surprised to see the mess last week and even more surprised when they heard it may have been left by out-of-towners.

"I think it's a shame. I think no matter where you live you should take care of your whole community and if you go somewhere else, show the same respect. Unfortunately, that's not the case all the time," said Heller.

The trash has been upsetting people who have spent hours trying to cleanup the park. They hope the continued cleanup efforts will remind people to pick up after themselves.

"It's good that people come together to clean it up," said Dwayne Mosier of Marshalls Creek.

But just a few days after the latest cleanup, trash can once again be seen littered along the trail to Brodhead Creek.

Dwayne Mosier and his family from Marshalls Creek saw the mess.

"I really think it's sad that people can't take what they bring in out with them and just drop trash all over the place. That is really sad," said Mosier.

Signs up around the park indicate that one last clean-up for the summer is scheduled for this weekend, August 20 and 21. During that time, the park will be closed to the public.