Lowes Boulevard has a lot less trash today thanks to more than 200 volunteers who participated in Killeen Up! Texas Waterway Cleanup on Saturday in Killeen.

A total of 221 volunteers filled 113 bags of trash and garbage — about 2,000 pounds — from two miles of Lowes Boulevard Creek between H-E-B and Academy, said Wilfred Brewster, director of Volunteer Services.

“It is one of our largest turnouts to date,” Brewster said

“If we can take a ton of trash out of the waterway, I think it bodes well for not only the quality of life but for the beautification of the city.”

Last year about 100 volunteers attended the event.

Brewster said new efforts to publicize the event via the Internet contributed to the event’s record numbers, who arrived in spite of brisk morning temperatures.

“Social media and Facebook sure helped,” Brewster said. “There are a lot of people looking for a cause, with a desire to give back to our city.”

Brewster said Killeen Councilman Jonathan Okray volunteered at the event, along with residents, troops from Fort Hood, a motorcycle group and volunteers from Keep Killeen Beautiful and the Lake Stillhouse Hollow Clearwater Steering Committee.

Starbucks on Lowes Boulevard donated coffee and hot chocolate to volunteers, and several H-E-B employees also joined the project, which lasted from 8 to 11 a.m.

“It was a plethora of people and activities that made it great,” Brewster said.

Kenneth Schoen, director of Lake Stillhouse Hollow Clearwater Steering Committee, said it was the largest and most successful Killeen Up! event he has ever been a part of.

“Usually we focus on the area between Trimmier and W.S. Young but this year at least two groups crossed over (U.S. Highway 190) to Home Depot,” Schoen said.

“To me it was one of the best events we’ve ever had.”

Contact Brandon Janes at bjanes@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7552

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