City wants your help in Arkansas River cleanup

Stacey Groner, front, and Mike Patrick pick up trash along the banks of the Arkansas River in 2002.

Stacey Groner, front, and Mike Patrick pick up trash along the banks of the Arkansas River in 2002.

You usually don’t have to walk far along the Arkansas River downtown to find a plastic bottle, candy wrapper or discarded beer can. But every year, the city tries to get volunteers to come out and help clean it up before Riverfest kicks off.

This year’s River Trash Round Up kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. If you want to help out, just show up at the southeast corner of the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot at Maple and McLean streets. (See map.)

It can be a dirty job. So the city recommends you wear clothing you don’t mind tarnishing a bit. The city will hand out gloves and plastic bags.

The city also hopes that folks that canoe and kayak will bring their boats down to help pick up litter that can’t be reached from the banks.

The cleanup is sponsored by Cargill, Ducks Unlimited, Waste Management and the city.