Written by Phil Cerroni
Located under the disinterested frown of an I-635 overpass, T.W. Richards Grove stands as an example of Irving’s efforts to beautify itself. But like most common spaces surrounding American’s high speed private lives, it acquires, through rain and carelessness, a thin dermis of cans and wrappers, the effluence from the quick stop culture.
Furthermore, Irving’s parks and waterways not only represent green spaces but avenues to the Trinity River, and garbage from Irving’s trash cans and expressways makes its slow but voracious march to the Elm Fork, then the Trinity proper, which after bringing water to 9 million Texas, finally spills into the Gulf of Mexico.
For this and a myriad of other social and civic reasons, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) drew a record turnout on Sept. 28 for the 22nd Annual Trinity Trash Bash, the environmental group’s signature yearly cleanup. About 675 residents, a diverse cross section of the populace that included churches, IISD, North Lake, scouts and individuals were all there for different reasons. This figure tops the usual average by about 250.
Although volunteers zealously tackled the task at hand, collecting 2,680 pounds of trash and 400 pounds of recyclables, it can sometimes seem inane when littering has burrowed itself so deeply into the workings of contemporary life.
“We have an overpass here, 635 interstate; I was out here the other day and I was watching litter just float off the top – just come out the back of people’s cars or trucks or throwing it out the window,” said Rick Hose, the administrator for KIB.