Around 50 people battled the humidity early Saturday morning to help clean up part of Denison. The Keep Denison Beautiful event set out huge dumpsters in the 500 block of West Bond and had people stopping by to drop loads of unwanted trash. Legacy Park welcomed those who were working to clean up the neighborhood with a bit of shade and some refreshments.


Sunny Mackey, director of community engagement with Keep Denison Beautiful, said she was happy that the weather didn’t keep people away Saturday. The 50 or so volunteers were searching out trash in a 35-block area around the park.


Mackey said those folks were already showing up with truckloads of trash about an hour after the event started.


“This is a part of Keep Denison Beautiful and is focused on bringing that into the neighborhoods,” Mackey said.


Sarah Bergeron, a volunteer at the event, said helping to clean up areas that need a little sprucing up is one way of caring for the community as a whole.


“It is important to have pride in your community,” Bergeron said.


Bergeron said she and Mackey went to San Antonio recently to get ideas on how to keep the community involved. One thing they want to do, she said, is take recycling into the school system so that the children will take the ideas home with them.


DJ Brown pulled up in front of one of the dumpsters with a truck loaded down with items that ranged from tree limbs to old Christmas decorations. Brown said he and his family are moving soon and heading up north. Saturday’s event gave him the opportunity to start cleaning out his garage.


The cleaning lasted until noon, when volunteers returned to Legacy Park for hot dogs and drinks in the shade.