MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 24, 2013

A pick-me-up for Muskogee

Trash Crawl mixes garbage collection, scavenger hunt

By Leilani Roberts Ott
Phoenix Correspondent

— It’s a trashy event. So grab a bag and a pair of gloves and put on your thinking cap. Oh, and have more than a bit of fun while you beautify Muskogee.

The city’s first Trash Crawl is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, starting at the Muskogee Civic Center. Wren Stratton, a member of the Clean and Beautiful Committee, an extension of Action In Muskogee, said this is the kickoff to the Adopt-A-Spot project.

“We hope citizens will take ownership of a spot and keep it clean,” she said.

To get Adopt-a-Spot started, the committee brainstormed to come up with a fun event to keep the city clean, said Faye Waits, another member of the committee.

The result was Trash Crawl, a scavenger hunt using clues to 10 sites around the city.

“Whistle while you work,” Waits said. “It’s taking pride in where you live.”

The crawl starts at the Civic Center, where trash bags, gloves, a city map and a clue will be issued to each participant. The clue will lead to a spot in the city, where participants will have about 20 minutes to gather trash. Afterward, they will receive a ticket and a clue to the next stop.

Here are some sample clues:

• It’s a winding road to this location, past healing, past beauty and past history.

• Bugs take wing here.

• The noisy fowl who lives here has created many a memory both good and bad.

Committee members carrying balloons and a sign will be posted at each spot to give the next clue. Herringshaw Waste Management will pick up the trash, Stratton said.

Local merchants have donated prizes including a gift basket from Griffin’s Foods. Committee members have also donated prizes, including a Magic Bullet with all the attachments. Once each spot is visited, everyone will meet back at the Civic Center,   where tickets will be turned in for a prize drawing.

Stratton said the idea is to help the city make a better first impression, which will help with tax revenues and economic impact.

She looks at Trash Crawl as a challenge to the community that has said it is important to have a clean city:

“Get off your boo-tay and help pick up trash.”

If you go

WHAT: Trash Crawl.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Muskogee Civic Center.

SPONSOR: Clean and Beautiful Committee of Action in Muskogee.

DONATIONS: Those who would like to contribute but are unable to attend Saturday’s event may mail donations to A More Beautiful Muskogee, P.O. Box 484, Muskogee OK 74402.

INFORMATION: Muskogee Business and Economic Development, at (918) 682-7887.