Richmond community members gather to clean ‘trash island’

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond residents, RVA Clean Sweep and city council members met up Saturday to clean up “trash island” in Forest Hill Park.

8News first reported on the story back in February.

Visitors call Forest Hill Park trash island a ‘terrible eyesore’

At the time, visitor expressed their frustration about the pile of trash that has recently clogged the park’s pond.

The pond is part of Reedy Creek, which flows into the James River. Water from the surrounding roadways and neighborhoods flows into the creek and carries the trash along with it.

The group met in the park today at 1 p.m. to clean up the mess, utilizing boats, paddleboards and waders to get out and clean up many bags worth of trash.

Richmond 4th District councilwoman Kristin Larson was among those working to clean up the mess.

RVA Clean Sweep will also be hosting an Earth Day event in the coming month.

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