FLAP Hosts High School Trash Challenge at Lake Accotink Park

We’re talking trash, and we’re talking about the high schoolers who pulled it from the park. Their effort was a ton of help to the environment.

More than a ton.

Author and Young FLAPers Director Yasmine Marrero is pictured in the pink coat.

The Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP), in cooperation with the Young FLAPers, have established a High School Trash Challenge, and they’re inviting area schools to take part in a quarterly Trash Challenge showdown. FLAP hosted the first quarterly Trash Challenge: A High School Showdown, on October 17, 2021. Three schools accepted the great challenge: Annandale, Edison, and Lewis High Schools. Volunteers from the three schools combed the 497 acres of Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, Va., and collected an incredible estimated 2,500 pounds of trash in two hours.

A big thank you from FLAP and the Fairfax County Park Authority goes to all the volunteers, and congratulations go out to the volunteers of John R. Lewis High School for winning the showdown. The volunteers representing Lewis High School won a pizza party for their team. Team captain Edward Carino said, “Overall, my peers and I enjoyed the experience and would love to come back for more! Thanks again FLAP!”

Carino and his team will have a chance to defend their title in the next Trash Challenge Showdown on January 17, 2022. It’s open to any school that would like to help clean up the park.

If your high school is interested in taking on the High School Trash Challenge, email youngflappers@flapaccotink.org. FLAP would love to have more teams compete in the next High School Showdown!

Author Yasmine Marrero is the Young FLAPers Director

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About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

1 thought on “FLAP Hosts High School Trash Challenge at Lake Accotink Park

  1. Nancy Vehrs

    While I certainly applaud these young people and their efforts, I long for the day when it is unnecessary. It disheartens me when when we talk about the tons of trash people collected. That trash shouldn’t be there! We should strive to have less trash to pick up. One can dream . . .


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