BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Saturday morning, City Councilman Andrae Gonzalez is asking East Bakersfield residents to join him in a neighborhood clean up.
"Like many parts of the city, have a constant problem with a number of issues related to trash and bulky waste, illegal dumping, and so for over, well over seven years now, we’ve participated in these monthly clean up days to bring East Bakersfield residents together," said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is fronting the event with the “Children First” campaign. Called “Keep East Bakersfield Beautiful," this park cleanup happens every month in an effort to keep the neighborhood clean and safe.
On Saturday, participants are asked to meet at the David Nelson Pocket Park at 8 a.m. They will then spread out and clean up the surrounding areas. Gonzalez tells 23ABC these monthly events are important because they help our local families live safer and healthier lives.
"We know the impact this has on families, especially young people, when they’re living in a neighborhood that's cleaner, that’s safer. It creates a sense of prosperity and it helps foster a better sense of community," said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez said anyone and everyone from Kern County is welcome to join, but he does especially encourage East Bakersfield residents to come help.
"We encourage everyone to participate because it’s only if we all participate and we all give, lend a hand and give it some effort, that we will actually be able to take back our community and continue to ensure that East Bakersfield remains a prosperous place to live.”
Gonzalez told 23ABC there is a lot of work to be done, but he wants residents to know that doing these clean ups does have an impact, and continuing to do them each month can make a difference in our community.