While the long-running controversy around the best use of Fair Park may be coming to an end, neighbors of the State Fair of Texas still have another concern, and it’s a pretty trashy story.
While you’re enjoying the fair, you probably don’t notice that there are trash and recycling bins everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
I think there’s a trash can in almost every pic I took – but that’s OK. That’s a good thing (that they’re there, and that you don’t notice them.) The State Fair of Texas hires people to keep the grounds clean, and presumably, they schedule additional trash and sanitation services to keep dumpsters emptied regularly. The park is the very model of cleanliness, and while I hate that we take it for granted, I’m glad we can.
Unfortunately, the businesses in Exposition Park and around the fairgrounds don’t have the budget or the resources for all the extra trash collection that’s required during the three-week run of the fair. On a recent visit to the area, when asked what the number one problem was with the State Fair, everyone I asked said trash.
When fairgoers leave the grounds, they leave trash on the streets all around the neighborhood. Some who would do the right thing can’t because dumpsters meant for a few days of local business now have to serve hundreds of thousands of fair visitors. That means the trash of the well-meaning people ends up on the ground right alongside that of careless litterers.