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Posted on: September 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Hot Springs National Park to host a trash clean-up competition


September 1, 2022 


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Hot Springs National Park, AR                                                                                              U.S. Department of the Interior

101 Reserve Street

Hot Springs, AR 71901 

501-623-2824 ·



CONTACT Kendra Barat, Volunteer Coordinator



Hot Springs National Park to host a trash clean-up competition to celebrate National Public Lands Day

Let “the Battle of Downtown” Commence!

Hot Springs National Park will host “The Battle of Downtown” – a trash cleanup competition from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. The “Battle of Downtown” is a friendly competition aimed at fostering stewardship and a deeper connection to our community’s beloved public lands. Interested participants can enter as an individual or as part of a larger group or team. 

To participate in the event, volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, on Arlington Lawn and the rangers will distribute trash bags and review the rules of the competition. Participants will have until 2 p.m. to collect trash from Hot Springs National Park’s trails, parking areas, overlooks, picnic areas, and campground. Participants should bring their collected trash back to Arlington Lawn at 2 p.m., for the closing ceremony.

In addition to unique prizes awarded to the winners of the competition, each participant will receive one free entry pass to any federal public land courtesy of the National Environmental Education Foundation and a custom event t-shirt. 

Registration for this event and other volunteer opportunities at Hot Springs National Park can be found at If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (501) 620-6702 or email 

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