Thumbs up to the group of people who showed up to help tidy up Centennial Trail last Saturday. 

The Fall Trail Cleanup event, sponsored by Muskogee Parks and Recreation, will benefit Muskogee by providing a clean, trash-free place to walk, run, ride a bike and enjoy being outdoors. 

Muskogee is fortunate to have Centennial Trail, which has taken several years to construct. Keeping it clean not only provides a place for residents to go, but visitors often seek trails as a way to see the city in a different way and get some exercise while they are visiting. 

According to Muskogee Parks and Recreation, the Love-Hatbox Sports Complex loop is a 3.1-mile asphalt athletic trail that loops around the complex perimeter allowing you to experience a variety of microhabitats from forest and prairie to wetland and rock-outcrops. Phase Two, or Centennial Trail South, connects Love-Hatbox Sports Complex to downtown Muskogee at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Three Rivers Museum. This 2-mile section traverses over both prairie and hardwood forest. Both sections are wonderful places to watch wildlife.

We're happy to see people participate in cleaning up the trail. What a difference three hours makes when volunteers chip in to help out with a project. A big thanks to all of those folks and a big thanks to Muskogee Parks and Recreation for supplying the gloves, grabbers, and trash bags for the cleanup.

And if you didn't have a chance to help out, don't worry. There will be another trail cleanup event in the spring, just in time for the Azalea Festival!

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