Residents concerned about litter being left in BREC parks
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A video recently posted to social media shows trash littering the BREC park on Flannery Road.
"You know just a lovely day at the BREC park on Flannery Road. It's just your average day," a woman in the video can be heard saying.
It may be an average day, but what is seen covering the benches and grounds is anything but ordinary. "Yep, this happened yesterday and it's still here," the woman continued. "No one's come to pick it up."
On a trip to Flannery Park Monday, WAFB's Scottie Hunter noticed Chick-fil-A wrappers in the parking lot, plastic bags by the basketball court, and Coke cans in the kid's play area. It's all garbage that somehow ends up on the ground and not in the trash cans.
"If people would actually take pride in their community, I would think there wouldn't be any problem," said Chukowu Onu.
Onu brings his daughters to the park a few times per month and says the trash is troubling and he fears it could lead to something worse. "In wet weather, like this trash can easily get rotten and breed flies and mosquitoes," Onu added.
BREC says they do what they can to keep the parks clean, even by sending out crews regularly to take care of the trash. BREC officials say the worst part about litter in the parks is most of it is found just steps away from a trash can. They believe it's ultimately up to those who visit the parks to help take care of them.
Volunteers are also welcome to help maintain BREC's parks. Anyone interested can find information on the opportunity here.
In a statement, BREC spokeswoman Cheryl Michelet writes, "These are their parks, paid for by their tax dollars, and we hope they would take pride in the and take just a few extra steps to the trash cans located in every park."
The agency has also created an ad campaign centered around the Human Dislike Button, a mascot that aims to make sure various rules are followed, especially picking up after yourself. Onu says it's a simple rule and he hopes everyone thinks about it the next time they visit the park.
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