The Lake Atalanta Park Clean Up project is set for October 15 – October 31, the final two weeks of a statewide annual clean up hosted Keep Arkansas Beautiful. The Great Arkansas Cleanup takes place each fall from September through October. Thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks, and public areas during this statewide community improvement campaign.
Community volunteers are invited to clean up around the paved and soft trails, along the creek—both upstream and downstream of Lake Atalanta in Rogers—and other areas in need of a little love.
For the past two years, Lake Atalanta Appreciation Day has been held in conjunction with Earth Day but was postponed due to COVID-19. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, NWA Parks and trails are seeing an increase in the number of people using the parks as people move outdoors for entertainment and exercise. Organizers selected the last two weeks of October to encourage the community to “Pick Up Where You Play” while enjoying the park. Trash Bag distribution points and trash drop off points have been designated for the two week period.
The public is invited to show their appreciation for the park by helping pick up trash around the lake and adjacent trails. Participants should practice social distancing and wear a mask if coming into close contact with others. Event participants may visit one of seven green supply bins provided to pick up trash bags and plastic gloves and see a map of the Lake Atalanta Park and Trails. Rogers pick-up points are located at:
- Clark Pavilion, 800 E Walnut Street
- Lake Atalanta Parking Lot (Across the street from 800 E Walnut Street)
- Railyard Bike Park, 299 E Cherry Street
- Pleasant Ridge Dog Park, 1615 S Pleasant Ridge Road
- Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 317 W Walnut Street
- Rogers Activity Center, 315 W Olive Street
- NW Corner of 1st and Walnut Streets
Dumpsters to return bags full of litter are found at The Clark Pavilion at Lake Atalanta Park and the lakeside parking lot at Lake Atalanta Park.
Organizations partnering to offer this family and environmentally friendly event include, The City of Rogers; University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension Office-Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education; Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission; Beaver Watershed Alliance; Old Town Auto Body; Rotary Club of Downtown Rogers and Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.