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Cleanup Begins After Rhythm and Booms at Warner Park

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

Warner Park overflowed with people at Saturday night's Rhythm and Booms celebration, but the 4th of July festivities also left the park's barrels overflowing with trash.

Fireworks light up the night sky at Warner Park's Rhythm and Booms ...
But daybreak exposes what the crowds leave behind.

Sarah Howells, a volunteer, says "it does look like a big job."

A big park with plenty of small stashes of trash ...

Laura Byrne of the Triple M Green Team says, "every year, we think how are we going to get this done? People show up and help all morning and by noon, we look around and say wow ... thousands of people came out here and it looks as good as new."

One of the estimated 250, 000 people at this year's Rhythm and Booms was Greg Marti. He stayed up late playing cards, then catching the show. He says, "it was a great show. I think it gets better every year."
But this morning he's back at Warner Park to give back.

"My daughter encourages me ... how do you say no to that," Marti says.
He volunteers with the Triple M Green Team ...

"The Triple M Green Team tends to be listeners ... People who really want to get out in community but don't really know how, aren't sure what to do," Byrne says.

People like Sarah Howells and her daughter, who traveled from Lake Mills. Howells says, "this seemed like it would be a fun project for us to do."

Fun but dirty too ... "The worst is baby diapers ten feet away from garbage can," Marti says.

Triple M is one of several volunteer groups wasting no time in getting this park back in shape. Event promoters say it shows how much people value Rhythm and Booms.

"It's just amazing ... come out and get involved ... we just really couldn't it do it without or volunteers ... They're the backbone of the organization," Deb McCue, vice president of the Madison Fireworks Fund, says.

Greg Marti considers trash duty worthwhile -- with or without his unexpected reward. "I think I found a winning lottery ticket ... it looks like it's good for $20," Marti says.

Police report no major problems during Rhythm and Booms.

You can find out more about the triple M Green Team by logging onto www.madison.com/mmm.


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