Multitude of garbage collected in proposed park and trail

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Several hundred Richmonders volunteered their time to help clean up the north-side of the city Saturday.

They were out in force along the Richmond-Henrico turnpike between Valley Road and East Brookland Park Boulevard picking up bottles, cans and other trash.

The area has been used as an illegal dump site but city leaders want to change that.

Volunteers said they were sad to see the trash, but they were eager to led a hand.

"With the change that's just recently happened with our government, I think it's time for all of us to give a little something back and it's up to us to make that difference," said Richmond Bicyclers Association President Champ Burnley.

The city is trying to build bicycle and pedestrian trail through the Cannon Creek Greenway.

It will connect to the Virginia Capital Trail, which links Richmond to Williamsburg and Jamestown.

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