Scouts take part in park cleanup
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Nov 22, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Scouts take part in park cleanup

Ottawa East News

A pile of garbage bags left at the base of steps near the Kanata Centrum was the result of a park cleanup and not trash dumped by the side of the road.

The 1st Kanata Scouts Group took part in a cleanup day at the Town Centre Core Park, located on Campeau Drive near Kanata Avenue, on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“It’s just the sort of things Scouts do; they get involved in their community,” said Graham Birkenhead, one of the Scout leaders.

The group left around 20 bags of trash to be picked up by the city at the intersection of Kanata Avenue and Earl Grey Drive.

Birkenhead took charge of this year’s cleanup for the first time and said a misunderstanding prevented the garbage from being picked up after the group finished cleaning the park.

“I didn’t realize I was supposed to phone 311 right after,” he said, adding the city knew about the cleanup but “may not have known the exact date.”

He added the city called the Scouts group to fix the issue.

“They were very happy the Scouts had done it,” he said of the cleanup.

Community groups do need to call the city to collect the trash when they’re finished but this “was just a slip up,” said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson.

“(City staff) are just happy to have groups cleaning the parks.”

She added it had nothing to do with the city’s recent switch to biweekly garbage pickup.

A drive through the area showed the trash bags had been collected by the afternoon of Nov. 19.


The 1st Kanata Scouts, which is based in Beaverbrook, adopted the park in 2009, and every year the group prepares the area for winter and then conducts another cleanup of debris in the spring.

“It’s just another community service; it’s part of our environmental activities,” said Birkenhead. “It’s just another project for them to do and get involved.”

This year saw 12 Scouts, four Venturers and five leaders take part in the cleanup of the Town Centre Core Park, which they conducted after the Kanata Santa Claus Parade.

“That’s just one of three parks we look after,” said Birkenhead.

The Scouts also helped collect food items for the Kanata Food Cupboard earlier this month.

“It’s been a busy three weekends,” said Birkenhead. “It’s just another of the supporting the community events that we do throughout the year.”

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