A group pic of the volunteers who made a small but necessary effort to clean up some downtown streets. (Photo by Aaron Ricca)
KINGMAN – About 20 volunteers spend an hour of their Sunday picking up trash and pulling weeds along Beale Street.
Sarah Ferry, co-owner of the soon-to-open ‘West of Third’ boutique, florist and coffee shop, organized the ‘Kingman Gets Trashy’ community service event. Kids and adults made their way along a few downtown blocks and alleys filling nearly 10 large garbage bags with cans, soda cups, candy wrappers, weeds and of course cigarette butts.
The group met at Locomotive Park while Ferry and others discussed the day’s plan.
Knowing the City of Kingman is stretched thin when it comes to cleaning the streets, Ferry decided to organize the trash pickup and maybe even scale down the jungles of weeds that taken over the town.
Volunteers made notes about what areas needed the most improvement for future projects, the first scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 22.
Ideas include focusing on one specific building or parking lot, organizing after parades and first Friday celebrations, encouraging future volunteers to bring a friend and reaching out to scout troops, schools and other groups looking to complete community service for projects and resume fodder.
Many of the volunteers were local business owners and downtown regulars. Twenty people might not sound like a lot, but it’s better than no people and those who showed up were impressed with the turnout.
“This was great for a first time,” Ferry said.
The group posed for a picture and some of the trash collected and then some went inside Black Bridge Brewery for a post-“workday” beverage.
Mostly everyone volunteered but some of the kids were “volun-told”.
Rhysis Winget, 11, didn’t mind the adventure. He likes history and paranormal studies and has even taken the Kingman Historic Ghost Walk tour.
“My mom told us we were going, and I said ‘Okay’,” he said.
Winget was on the lookout for treasures.
“I thought I found and old coin,” he said. “But it just turned out to be an old bottle cap.”
Volunteers posted pics on the Kingman Gets Trashy Facebook page as well as their personal social media sites with the hashtag #kingmangetstrashy.
If interested, take look at the Kingman Gets Trashy Facebook page and let Ferry know.