About 400 trash cans will be removed from 128 neighborhood parks and from all urban trail corridors within the next two weeks.
Justifying the decision, city spokesperson Julie Smith said, “The parks department spends approximately $5,700 per year on trash bags and containers. The 2010 General Fund budget for parks maintenance was reduced by $3,816,676 from the original 2009 budget (or 64 percent) and 27 parks maintenance positions were eliminated.”
The city suggests that trail and park users pack out all trash from neighborhood parks and urban trail corridors. Trash cans will, however, remain in place at sports complexes, community parks, regional parks and special event venues.
If you’d like to restore trash service to your neighborhood park, you can help by adopting a park or trail. For more information, visit springsgov.com or call 385-6519.