2/19/22 – Post Cleanup Report – Carlson Park – Arcata, CA
Cleanup Details: The cleanup started out a little rough, because our 20 yard dumpster we reserved never showed up. We had a solid crew of volunteers (30+ people). Once we hit the trails we found several large abandoned camps. Since we only had an hour we decided to put all our focus into one camp in particular. It was a large abandoned camp (see photos). In 60 minutes we pulled 2,600 lbs (estimate) of trash out of Carlson Park. That consisted of roughly 20 pallets, 80 needles, and various other trash, all from that one abandoned camp.
Carlson Park is still in need of some desperate help. The camps have completely taken over this park. It’s not safe to recreate there, especially in the forest area. The homeless have also logged many trees. Some of the trees they fell are up to two feet in diameter. The homeless have also dug out dozens of trenches too. You need to be very careful walking or riding in that forest. Due to the trash, logging, and digging, Carlson Park is being destroyed in front of our eyes or just out of our eyesight. We really hope the City of Arcata and Arcata Police Department can take immediate action to save this park. This park is in dire need of management and supervision. Carlson Park has so much potential to be a gem for Arcata, especially being located on the banks of the Mad River, but every week that goes by with nothing done means more trees will be logged by the homeless, more trenches will be dug by the homeless, and more trash will be brought into this park by the homeless.
In regards to the pallets, if you see a business giving away “FREE PALLETS” please know that if out unsupervised for anyone to take, we end up removing them from our forests, parks and beaches. We remove 100’s of pallets annual from our weekly cleanups because they are used for shelters, pathways or people burn them at the beach. Did you know the average pallet has over 80 nails in it. Please don’t burn pallets at the beach. Use natural wood. There is plenty of it. If you are a business that wants to give away pallets PLEASE do some basic vetting and don’t leave them out for random people to take.
- Volunteers: 34 – Thank you to everyone that made it out to this cleanup!
- Weight: 2600 lbs, 80 needles, 20 pallets, 3 burnt mattresses, and more! All from 1 camp!
- Time: 60 minutes
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