Recently, some park goers have been complaining about the amount of trash in some areas of the Village Creek State Park. Parts of the park are owned by Big Thicket National Preserve and others, such as some of the sand bars, are owned by the cities of Kountze, Lumberton, and Silsbee.
Local organizations host “park clean-up days” to help with the endeavor of keeping the trash out of the park. The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a kayak race which was also a clean-up day. The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission had a clean-up day for the park a few months ago.
Kathy Smith, Park Interpreter with Village Creek State Park, says that the clean-up dates are usually posted on the park’s web site at http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/village-creek. Smith says that there is a stretch, 481 to 327, that is difficult to clean and hard to find people to do it. It takes about six hours and two canoes have to be utilized; one to paddle in and the other to hold the debris.
When asked about the number of volunteers who show up to clean the park, Smith said, “It depends on the time of year and whatever else it’s competing with. If the weather is good and they are not competing with other big events, then we get a pretty good turn out.”
Other than those specific days where groups of volunteers come to collect the garbage left behind; Smith says that when you visit the park, plan to bring a trash bag.