“Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful “ Project: Working together to protect our environment

“Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful “ Project: Working together to protect our environment

“Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful “ is the project under The Coyote Meadows Project that tries to change the former landfill and homeless encampment into an exciting urban networked park called Coyote Meadows. Moreover, cleaning up the Coyote Creek plays a significant method to prevent flooding in San Jose. That is why our team becomes the volunteers for this project that spend ten hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify it with a creek cleanup.

In order to complete ten hours of volunteer, we join to three cleanup day and make a short video for Deb Kramer- “Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful “ Executive Director.  The first event happened on Sep 16th that attracted more than 140 volunteers from different groups such as Boy Scout Troop 489, Bright Futures, Cupertino High School Tino Octagon, Homestead High School, SJSU, Alpha Phi Omega, South Bay 142 Academy, Prospect High School and UPA High. Based pm the result Deb shared,  on September 16th, 157 bags ( 3 tons) of trash over a nearly a half mile of Coyote Creek were removed. We must wear long pants, sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around the loose or muddy soil. All must bring a signed waiver also. Honestly, I felt a little bit scared because of poison oak also snakes. This was the first time in my life I saw a lot of garbage that the smell was so terrible. However, thinking about to make our community more beautiful is the crucial motivation to encourage me to complete the project. After cleaning up the creek, our team collected about six bags of trashes.

The second event happened on Oct 7th at Watson Park. This was a small cleanup event that there were about 20 volunteers to help clean up a small section of Coyote Creek. Although we were small in number, we accomplished a lot.We pulled out a mattress, cart, 16 bags, 1 bag HHW, TV, 3 plastic garbage cans.

The last event happened on Oct 21 at  McKinley Neighborhood Center We had an amazing crew out to help clean up the trail. There were about 61 volunteers from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, SJSU, to participate. The Cristo Rey team went north with Davide Vieira and worked all the way from E. Santa Clara Street back to McKinley. The SJSU/Community team went south with Joan Rivas-Cosby and Domingo Candelas and worked the part of the trail around the I-280 overpass and the Olinder Dog Park. Two teams collected 83 full bags of trash and large items like a washer and dryer.

The cleanup day on Sep 16th was a big event, so Deb assigned our team to record a video and take photos so she could use as materials for “Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful” social media. In order to make the video more meaningful, I made a couple of interviews with volunteers. What makes me surprised was there were lots of old people who were enthusiastic to dedicate to the community. I could feel how passionate they were when I interviewed them. Moreover, there was a group of teenagers that impressed me because of their passion. Even though they were little girls, they were not afraid of the smell of dirty trash. I could feel how happy they were when they clean up a large trash along the creek.

Joining this project not only keeps Coyote Creek more beautiful but also helps our team spending time on meaningful activities of the community



Amy Nguyen

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