Watertown Cutting Down On Trash Cans At Thompson Park

Watertown Cutting Down On Trash Cans At Thompson Park

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"A lot of people are going in that direction and why not Thompson Park," said Erin Gardner, superintendent, Watertown Parks and Recreation.

Following in the footsteps of state and national parks, soon you won't find many trash cans at Thompson Park.

And you'll have to start taking your trash with you.

In the next few weeks, the parks and recreation department is removing most of the 60 to 75 existing trash cans, leaving only a handful.

"We do want people to have an opportunity to throw something small away. We just don't want to be taking people's large garbage items," said Gardner. 

It's a way to save money in the department's budget.

Gardner says depending how busy the park gets, employees remove trash up to four times per day.

And what do people using the park think? Some are in favor of it.

"It's cleaner for everybody. We share this space and if we don't take care of it, it's not going to be good for anybody," said Brandon Bledsoe, Watertown resident. 

However, not everyone is convinced it will work.

"I don't think it will. I think people will just throw their trash wherever they want," said Megan Hartle, Gouverneur resident.

Gardner says for bigger events, like the 4th of July, more trash cans will be added around the park.

For right now, she said, "It's a trial run, so we'll see how it goes. We'll make adjustments as time goes on and we'll do what's best for the park."

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