Easter camping cleanup was ‘100 percent improvement' from 2016

Thanks to a contest from San Antonio Parks and Rec, this year's cleanup was a lot easier for the city.

SAN ANTONIO - Volunteers woke up bright and early Monday morning to help clean nine city parks.

Easter campers took over this weekend, per tradition.
 
But another Easter tradition, the annual post-Easter park cleanup, is surely setting the bar.
 
Officials with the Brackenridge Park Conservancy said this year's Easter cleanup was a 100 percent improvement from last year.
 
"I think it's just the change of all of us wanting to take care of our environment and wanting to take care of it better and better," said Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, Exec. Dir. of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy.
 
Monday at 8 a.m. sharp, volunteers began the annual cleanup at the nine city parks flooded by Easter campers this weekend.
 
"We've been picking up egg shells, piñatas, cans, bottles, plastic bottles and everything like that," volunteer Jamal Jackson with the 668th ALIS said
 
Before noon, the parks looked spotless. Other than your occasional piece of confetti, campers were extra tidy this year.
 
"I think people are just more aware," said Bobbitt. "I also found it cute that some of the kids were reminding their parents to pick up and to recycle."
 
Campers take rules seriously. 
 
For example, officials asked families to use anything but plastic when filling up cascarones. Reasons why include plastic bits blowing into the river inside the park.
 
Bobbitt said campers should give themselves a big pat on the back for their efforts.
 
Volunteers like Jackson agreed. He said they didn't have too much to clean up.
 
"They had a lot of confetti this weekend. With the piñatas and everything, candy and stuff like that," he said. "That's the majority of what we're cleaning up."
 
The Parks and Recreation Department had staff in the parks throughout the entire four days of camping, helping pick up the trash and recycle bags. Those trips helped relieve the amount of pickup Monday morning.
 
To inspire families to clean up after camping, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department launched a social media contest.
 
Using the hashtags #SAParksandRec and #IHelpedCleanMyPark, campers can post photos of their clean camping space or whatever they did to keep the park clean.
 
If you have a photo you'd like to submit for the contest, you have until the end of day Monday to do so.

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