How you can help tackle the trash problem and keep our parks clean, beautiful, and safe

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to College Station parks to enjoy beautiful weather and good company. Unfortunately, some of our guests leave a lot of trash behind.

The excess trash doesn’t just interfere with our enjoyment of our public spaces — it can also bring severe consequences to the environment.

Our parks, creeks, and ponds are littered with everything from fast food wrappers, coffee cups, straws, and disposable masks to fishing lines wrapped around trees. The trash clutters our parks, pollutes our ponds, and can sicken animals who try to eat it.

Maintaining our parks and keeping them safe and clean is always a priority for the Parks and Recreation Department, but you share the responsibility for protecting our green spaces. By reducing your footprint when visiting a park, you can help minimize litter.

Consider taking these actions the next time you venture out:

  • Always dispose of your trash in an appropriate container.
  • Reduce or eliminate single-use plastics such as disposable water bottles or snack packages.
  • Bring reusable containers with you and pack out what you bring in.
  • Plan for trash removal and reduction when you schedule family celebrations or gatherings.

It’s that simple.

If you’d like to help combat the problem, we encourage you to sign-up for a group service project. Worthwhile projects are available for any group size or type, with single-day or annual projects available. Staff will review your request and identify the best project for your group.

Email the completed form to or submit it in-person at the College Station Parks and Recreation Department offices at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. We’re open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 979-764-3486.

Remember, we’re all responsible for keeping our parks clean and safe!

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About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 16 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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