"Keeping Fallbrook Litter Free" is the goal of the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance for 2019. The program kickoff and first communitywide cleanup will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Don Dussault County Park, 832 Alturas Road, near downtown Fallbrook.
Fallbrook residents are asked to stop by the park, starting at 9 a.m., to hear more about the program and to clean up the park and surrounding streets and neighborhoods, starting at 10 a.m. and led by I Love A Clean San Diego.
Don Dussault County Park in Fallbrook offers a fenced children's playground in a small neighborhood park; however, the streets and open space surrounding the park are often littered with trash.
After years of hosting semiannual cleanups around Fallbrook, the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance recognized that an ongoing effort, engaging volunteers throughout the year, would be a more effective way to address the trash problem along local roadways, ravines, parks and neighborhoods.
Partnering with I Love A Clean San Diego and Adopt-A-Road, Todd Jester of the Fallbrook Public Utility District and Marta Donovan, coordinator of the Keeping Fallbrook Litter Free program, divided central Fallbrook into 20 zones, covering 49 square miles in total.
The program goal is for a "zone captain" to adopt each zone and, working with a team of volunteers, to keep that zone trash free. Each volunteer is challenged to pick up at least one 5-gallon bucket worth of litter each week.
The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance offers each participant who enrolls a safety vest, a 5-gallon bucket, a litter grabber and work gloves. With the help of the zone captains, the group will track the program's success based on the amount of trash collected monthly, and the results will be posted on the organization's website.
Studies have shown that trash left on streets and parks may decrease property values, spread disease and make these areas less pedestrian and children friendly. With approximately 80 percent of coastal trash coming from inland watersheds, volunteers are making a difference in the ocean's health as well as in local creek beds, canyons and communities.
Volunteers attending the kick-off event can learn how to become a zone captain, create a team or join an existing team. Additionally, Fallbrook Beautification Alliance provides credits to volunteers in need of school community service hours.
The existing zone captains and unassigned zones include Zone 1 – Victoria Stover, Zone 2 – Jean Dooley, Zone 3 – Tasha Dasso, Zone 4 – Carina Perez, Zone 5 – Marta Donovan, Zone 6 – available, Zone 7 – available, Zone 8 – Todd Jester, Zone 9 – Scott Gallan, Zone 10 – available, Zone 11 – Susan Jackson, Zone 12 – Sheryl Gonda, Zone 13 – Mary Jo Bacik, Zone 14 – available, Zone 15 – Lynne Johnson, Zone 16 – available, Zone 17 – Brenda Carden, Zone 18 Anne Edgerton, Zone 19 – Nancy Heins-Glaser and Claudia Watson and Zone 20 – available.
To see which zone a home or business is in, visit https://arcg.is/0irSqC.
For more information or to enroll in the program, please call
Marta Donovan at 760-405-4054.
In January, after several months of soil and site preparation, the staff of Landscape One, Inc. installed new plants and hardscape in the South Mission Medians.
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