Wish I knew who got the shopping carts out of a section of Periwinkle Creek in the last few weeks. I don’t. All I know is that the debris I noticed there a couple of months ago has been removed.
It was on Jan. 19 that a story on this site took note of the shopping carts and other junk at a spot in the creek below where it goes under Queen Avenue in a big culvert. The bike took me past the spot again on Friday, and there was good news: The two carts partly submerged in the water in January were gone. So was a folding chair that was also there back then.
I checked with the police department’s community resource unit to see if it had organized a cleanup, as it had done under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct some weeks before. Lt. Steve Dorn, who supervises the unit, told me no, the police had nothing to do with it. He checked with the parks department, where the answer was the same. It wasn’t them.
Both Lieutenant Dorn and Rick Barnett of the parks department had similar reactions:
“I am assuming it was a kindly and brave citizen,” Barnett said by email.
Dorn’s guess: “Maybe we have a good Samaritan helping pick up after others in the city!”
Whoever it was, somebody apparently took on the chore — before the arrival of spring-like weather over the weekend — to climb down, get in the muck at the bottom of the creek, haul those carts up the steep bank of Periwinkle Creek, and get rid of them somewhere.
The ducks down there on Friday probably didn’t care. But I say thanks. (hh)