Donna Jennings is obsessed with litter.
“It seems like I’m picking up trash wherever I go,” the vice chairwoman of Keep Livingston Beautiful said.
In fact, Jennings said, when the new Centerville Park opened just last month, she looked around at the beautifully landscaped park that a year ago was an empty triangle of land and marveled at how far they’d come in such a short time.
“Then — it was so funny — I picked up a piece of trash and was looking around for a place to throw it away and remembered at that moment that we’d forgotten about trash cans,” she said.
That has been remedied as of last week, she said.
“We bought two trash cans, and they’re being installed right now,” Jennings said just before noon on May 15. She and the rest of the KLB board is set on creating a whole generation of young people who are as attentive to litter as she and her colleagues in Livingston Parish are.
“Otherwise, in 20 years, we’ll be back to square one,” she said.
That’s why it’s difficult to find a school in Livingston Parish without some landscaping touches provided by at least one, if not all, of the myriad beautification groups inside the parish, she said.
“All of these projects start with one of us driving by a school and saying, ‘Wow, they need some landscaping,’ then Denham Springs Green or one of our other groups will jump in and help out. I don’t think any of us could do these projects if we had to do them alone,” she said.
The new park at Centerville is a perfect example of that, she said.
And as part of the Great American Cleanup, which began in March and will continue through May 31, every volunteer who picked up litter for one of the parish’s beautification organizations is eligible for two free passes to Tiki Tubing.
“Tiki Tubing has been one of our greatest community partners over the years,” Jennings said. “Every project we’ve worked on, they’ve supported us,” she said.