Locals Make Effort to Clean Up Eureka
From Eureka Chief of Police Steve Watson:
This morning, after I stopped by the Halverson Park area, where off-duty EPD employees were volunteering their own time to help clean-up the area with our POP team and others (FYI–I don’t expect our police officers to pick up other people’s trash as part of their duties but they’ve quietly been doing it because they are committed to and love their city), I drove through Old Town. I came across a group of Eureka Main Street (EMS) Watch and #TakeBackEureka members at the gazebo with one of Eureka’s Parks and Rec supervisors. These amazing individuals had just completed yet another collaborative volunteer effort to clean-up Eureka while being out, present, and highly visible in their community. This is just another example of a growing, collaborative, positive action-oriented movement in our City consisting of caring and committed individuals who are forming groups and taking positive personal action to improve their neighborhoods. And many are bringing their children, Eureka’s future, with them and modeling what real community service and participation is all about. They make me proud to be their Chief and fellow Humboldtian.
Yes, Eureka has real problems that I will not sugar coat. But Eureka is also an amazing community with such great potential–filled with hardworking, law-abiding, caring people like these. Sometimes I think in our frustration we forget that. You shouldn’t.
While we were talking at the gazebo, a man approached me. He told me he and his wife have decided to move their family to Eureka despite what he’s read online about our crime statistics. The man (his wife and children were nearby) explained that after visiting Eureka a couple of times, they fell in love with it. He asked about the groups (EMS, #TakeBackEureka) and what they were doing, and then expressed how impressive and meaningful that was to him…and what it said about our community and its relationship with its police department. I agree!
From the Eureka Police Department:
A couple of us on our day off spent the morning with the POP team and a crew from Humboldt Bay Fire cleaning up Halvorsen Park. The amphitheater is freshly power washed and the trails are looking great. It was a beautiful day on the waterfront and there were many people out running and enjoying the day.