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Going past Logan Park while heading to school 18 months ago, Ryan Trevino saw trash strewn all over the place and thought, “Why doesn’t someone do something about it?”

That “someone” turned out to be Trevino, a 12-year-old who attends Manchester GATE.

On Saturday, Ryan and 100 other volunteers picked up 83 bags of trash, three shopping carts filled with garbage, a mattress, and a dresser. And then cheered when it was all hauled away.

The clean-up originally was scheduled for October of last year, but COVID-19 scratched it from the calendar.

Still, Ryan remained determined to see his popular northwest neighborhood park sparkle — from the ballfields to the playground to the barbecue grills.

Beautify Fresno Spirit Taking Hold

The event exemplified the BeautifyFresno spirit taking hold under Mayor Jerry Dyer.

Ryan’s mom, Kelly, helped him write a letter to city councilman Mike Karbassi spelling out what he wanted to do.

How to Sign Up

It helped, of course, that Kelly works for the city’s Office of Economic Development.

But it’s hard to imagine any councilmember turning down a request from a student to help organize a neighborhood clean-up.

This coming Saturday, Beautify Fresno will scour Granite Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. One hundred people have already signed up, but you can add your name to the waiting list.

Volunteers Get Swag

Nalchajian Orthodontics provided free doughnuts and t-shirts for the Logan Park volunteers.

Ryan’s father, Jim, came through with free shaved ice courtesy of Kona Ice.

And, the International Association Of Fire Fighters Local 202 cooked hotdogs and provided chips and soft drinks.

After Dyer and Karbassi presented Ryan with a Beautify Fresno certificate of appreciation, he told GV Wire, “I have a voice now. … We’re just starting.”


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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