Every Monday morning a small group of volunteers heads out to Lakeview Commons at 8 a.m. to clean up the area after the weekend.
Cigarette butts, empty cans and other litter pollute the environment and therefore more volunteers are needed who want to take care and the time to keep the lake area clean, said Leslie Schultz, event coordinator for On Course Events, which produces the free concerts every Thursday.
Schultz said that Lakeview Commons recently got remodeled and the area absolutely looks gorgeous, and therefore they want to keep it that way. The area is used for a free Life at Lakeview Concert each Thursday.
Schultz explained that the fact that they clean up Mondays instead of any other day of the week throws a lot of people off.
"When we ask them to come help out, they want to know why we are not doing it Friday, but it's a little bit counter active because people come in the whole weekend and use the space," she said.
Last week's volunteers collected seven bags of trash last week. The biggest problem with is cigarette butts - the volunteers picked up more than 5,000 cigarette butts during one of their past cleanups.
"All of that goes to the lake, it doesn't just sit in the street where you threw it. The wind is going to blow it, it's going to rain and the trash will eventually end up in the lake," Schultz said.
Parking is limited around the area, so people park in the neighborhood and leave their trash on their way to the car, she said.
Rob Giustina, owner and producer of On Course events, also helps out cleaning the area, which includes the beach area at the commons and a few blocks down to Tallac Avenue up to near Sacramento Avenue.
The city pays and sends out workers to clean the park area, but "the beach usually doesn't get hit hard - it's the neighborhood," Giustina said.
There are no trash cans between the neighborhood and the Lakeview Commons, so people are tempted to leave it instead of throwing it away.
"Our guests are conscious here, but as soon as they cross the street, it goes right out the window," Giustina said. "We invite visitors to our town to enjoy the area but also to trash it, so that's all we can do, clean up after them."
Rob's wife, Carol Anne Giustina, also volunteered Monday morning to help keep the neighborhood clean and keep the community going.
"We want to make an effort on the part of our Thursday night concerts to make sure our neighborhood is not affected," Carol Anne Giustina said.