Partnership aims to reduce litter left at Lake Pleasant during holiday weekends

PEORIA – A new partnership between three Maricopa County departments aims to reduce the amount of trash and litter left behind at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park during busy holidays.

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), and Maricopa County Waste Resources and Recycling (WRR) Department have teamed up for an Anti-Litter Campaign to ask park-goers to pick-up and throw away their own trash at the county’s most-visited park.

“Lake Pleasant’s beautiful scenery is a source of pride for Maricopa County,” said Clint Hickman, District 4 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. “We want visitors to enjoy the park and its many recreational opportunities, however, through this partnership, we are asking visitors to do their part in keeping the park in pristine condition.”

As part of the partnership, all vehicles entering the park during the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday periods will receive an orange trash bag from MCDOT’s Adopt a Highway program along with educational information about the impact of littering. WRR will provide additional dumpsters to give recreationists more options for trash disposal.

“During the summer months, the staff at Lake Pleasant Regional Park are always seeking volunteers to assist with litter collection along the roadway and inside the park,” stated R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation director. “While they make every effort to ask park visitors to ‘Leave No Trace’ and pack out what they’ve packed in, there is still an abundance of litter left behind.”

Approximately 8,000 visitors are expected to enter Lake Pleasant Regional Park during each holiday period.

“By collaborating with MCDOT and Waste Resources & Recycling, we will have access to additional resources such as trash bags for distribution to park visitors, maps that highlight dumpster locations, and additional dumpsters for trash collection. This is a great program, and the perfect partnership for the park,” stated Cardin.

MCDOT is responsible for the maintenance of Maricopa County park roadways, including Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The MCDOT Adopt a Highway programs encourages residents, groups and organizations to provide volunteer and sponsored litter clean-up services on approved county roadways.

Maricopa County Waste Resources & Recycling provides waste disposal services for unincorporated Maricopa County residents.

“When litter is not properly disposed, especially in recreation areas, it can cause issues for the animals and people left to clean-up the mess,” said Brian Kehoe, Maricopa County Waste Resources & Recycling director. “We are excited to partner with MCDOT and the Parks and Recreation Department to provide additional resources for this Anti-Litter campaign to help keep litter from reaching park grounds and roadways.”