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Lynch Creek trail has been vandalized by the graffiti children again; removed!

If you know of an area of Petaluma that needs cleaning up, please let me know, I have 20 unused trash bags that the Friends of the Petaluma River donated. If we pick a section of town each week, we can have a pretty nice environment.
I will be available to be of service next Friday-Sunday.  

 
I just walked the Lynch creek trail from McDowell to the new foot-bridge downtown, it is a mess, with broken glass, plastic bottles and bags, discarded clothes etc..Stephanie; with the Friends of the Petaluma River is donating a lot of trash bags. I will be starting at 3pm this Friday at the Friends of the River 755 Baywood and heading N to McDowell.  I would LOVE to have some help. 
If you are interested you can leave a message here, or bruceco@comcast.net or just show up or do it on your own, the point is, the trail needs help.

See you tomorrow

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North Bay Land January 21, 2014 at 01:01 PM
An elderly street-person man worked on Lynch Creek the past couple of weeks. This comment spot does not copy the photos I took of all he collected. The trash sits at the bridge on N. McDowell. I thanked this man, because he, too, noticed the wildlife in the creek are in jeopardy, and he took action! Thank you too for instigating this project!
Bruce Cohn January 21, 2014 at 02:59 PM
That is great news North Bay Land!! Thank you..I hope to see on the trail
Marjorie Helm January 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Thanks for doing this, Bruce! While walking on a Lynch Creek a couple of weeks ago, I called Scott Brodhun, Petaluma Recreation and Parks Director to request trash cans be placed at each of the trailheads. I also alerted him to the clean up that had been done on the east end of the trail and the trash bags awaiting pick up. He agreed to request trash cans and pick up from the City's trash hauler. He also placed a work order for removal of the electrical conduit that is being pulled down and left on the trail. Will call him again today to alert him to Friday's trash pick up and renew the request for trash cans. Unfortunately, work committments will have me out of town on Friday! Thanks, again, for your stewardship of this special place!
Bruce Cohn January 22, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Hello Marjorie That is great news!! It is an honor to be of service. Thank you for all your help too. I left a message on your phone.
Jennifer Cornaggia Friesen January 24, 2014 at 06:06 PM
We are here looking for you
Bruce Cohn January 24, 2014 at 08:11 PM
I'm sorry I missed you Jennifer, I left right at 3 picking up trash, I met with John just past Edith street, we filled 3 big bags.
Bruce Cohn January 24, 2014 at 08:12 PM
The Lynch Creek Trail is pretty much free of litter, plastic and bottles.
John Hess January 26, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Nice work...looks much better. Sure would be nice if the City would now replace the lighting.
Marjorie Helm January 26, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Thank you, thank you, Bruce! It was so heartening to walk on Lynch Creek trail today. It looks great. We gathered some clothing, bedding and plastic bags but it was quite manageable. Sadly, the steel conduit pipe is still there and more is coming down. We pulled some off the creek bank just west of the Edith Street trail head. Will renew my request with Parks and Rec and Public Works. Big steel pipes create a hazard both on and off the trail and in the creek! Will ask again for trash can as well! Your efforts are inspiring and contribute to the spirit of collaboration that exists in our sweet town!
Bruce Cohn January 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM
My pleasure John and Marjorie; It is an honor to able to be of service, I will have access to a small pickup (Ed the Graffiti man) and I will get that conduit removed by the end of the week if its not done prior to that. I would like to pick an area of town each month to concentrate on cleaning; if you know of any in particular please let me know.
Marjorie Helm January 31, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Walking on the Lynch Creek trail this week has been a delight, Bruce. Ron DiNicola, City Parks Mamager, brought in a crew to remove the galvanized steel conduit that was on and off the trail. Called Ron to say thank you! Firmly believing that a trash-free area will be less likely to get trashed, my husband and I are picking up what we can see. Will check in next week to see when garbage cans will arrive. Thanks for being a catalyst for community partnerships, Bruce!
Bruce Cohn February 02, 2014 at 10:19 AM
That is great news!! I concur with a trash free environment, now let's tackle another area, any suggestions? Thank you Marjorie
Marjorie Helm February 05, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Thanks to Petaluma Parks and Recreation leadership Ron DeNicola and Scott Brodhun there are now garbage cans on the Lynch Creek Trail!
Bruce Cohn February 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Thank them indeed!! When I finished eradicating the graffiti from the foot bridge yesterday, I found one of the garbage cans right on the foot bridge; it is now 1/2 full with rags, a bike tire etc...
Bruce Cohn February 14, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I was paddling up river yesterday when I noticed Lynch Creek trail has been attacked by the graffiti children again; I have plenty of paint, if you have a small bucket/roller or brush and would like to help eradicate this eye sore (between the entrance at Edith street and the Payran bridge. I will start at Edith at noon today...see you there?
North Bay Land February 15, 2014 at 07:26 PM
A trash can is at N McDowell trail point. It is being used. The "under the bridge people", who create lots of rubbish, have not been around the past month. Still enjoying the trash free riparian creek. Again, thanks for your efforts.

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