A group of deeply verifiable good-hearted local residents are reaching out to Newport residents to help them clean up trash and other debris created by a long term homeless camps behind the CURRENT Newport Pool, just east of Sam Case Elementary School. The pool is is on Big Creek Road at NE 12th.
The group has enlisted the assistance of a local person who owns a truck that can haul the trash and debris away from the site and to the county waste disposal facility in the north end of town.
The idea for the clean up came from the homeless residents of the camp who decided they wanted to take responsibility for their encampment and make it as safe, sanitary and unintrusive as possible.
So recently a group of unhoused people in Newport contacted them about wanting to clean up trash and such from abaondened camps and trash in general. So they found a local person willing to loan them a truck and pay for the dump cost. Homeless people as well as concerned citizens will be hitting the trail behind the local pool to clean it up. I am excited to see that this was their idea and they want to make things better. Like they said, they know that leaving a trail behind upsets people but where to put it is their question. If we haul it out and try to throw it in a garbage can they can get in trouble.
So the unhoused in Newport have requested local citizen help in doing a trash cleanup behind the Newport Pool so this Saturday April 2nd and 3rd. They will be doing an organized cleanup. They are looking for volunteers to help bag the trash and throw it into the truck. Again, they already have a local citizen that has offered the use of their truck and to pay for the dump bill.
They will work from 11-1 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Meet at the trail head next to the Newport pool. It’s the trail just to the north of the pool parking lot with a pole gate that’s usually locked.
We hope as many people as possible will turn out for this clean up.