On Sunday April 28, about 100 members of OMG, Badgerland Striders, Tri-Wisconsin, and November Project teamed up to collect 120 bags of trash on a 1/4 mile stretch of the Oak Leaf Trail between Brady St and North Ave. The group cleaned some very hard-to-get-to places along the steep hillsides just south of Farwell — trash strewn and neglected for over 30 years, evidenced by the age of the trash we found.
It snowed overnight the night before and at 9am the trail was white with snow cover, but the sun came out just in time and all was melted by the time the cleanup started. The trail was soggy with a few puddles that hindered access to some of the trash, but that didn’t stop families, kids, spouses, significants, runners, and bikers from all over Milwaukee from sharing a few hours to help with the cleanup. It was fun watching kids and adults maneuver past water obstacles to get to litter. Ten people using the trail stopped to say “Thank You!” which made us smile.
In one hard-to-access section along the trail we found the remnants of a wallet with a $10 and a few $5 laying nearby. Other notables finds included 1/2 of an iphone, a 30-year-old coke bottle, pull tabs (the millennials didn’t know what they were), a sheep’s head, baseballs, a bullet, a driver’s license, rubber snakes and turtles, a AAA card, gas cap, and a large tire filled with mud. We also “found” many thorns on the embankments along the trail south of Farwell, but a determined crew still managed to get it clean. Kudos to those who braved that thicket.
After a few hours of cleaning, we gathered back at the lawn by Colectivo where the Milwaukee Running Group – OMG served up beer, gatorade, cookies, fruit, chips, and lots of laughter as we swapped stories of the trail. 🙂
There are two types of people in the world, those who work together to accomplish things, and those who enjoy the benefits of other people’s work. Thank you to the 80+ people who made Milwaukee a better place today.