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July 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

July 5th cleanup at Gas Works Park

Starbucks employees Samie Barr, left, and Robyn Trevitt clean up the south side of Kite Hill at Gas Works Park on Thursday morning. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

About 1,000 volunteers showed up at Thursday’s community cleanup effort at Gas Works Park, and still more to a smaller effort in Lake Union Park.

The day-after-the-fireworks cleanup, sponsored by Starbucks, is becoming a tradition. Volunteers sipped free Starbucks drinks and piled trash and recycling by the park entrance for removal.

Sheri Ambacher brought her son, Logan Bury, 9,  from Edmonds to do the cleanup.  “It’s a good, easy community service project for this age,” Ambacher said.

The two looked proudly across the nearly clean park, where a few volunteers were still picking over the grass at 10 am.  “That hillside was just covered”  in trash, Logan said.

Best find: a hula hoop. Most disgusting: a pile of noodles.

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Raw video: Seattle’s Fourth of July fireworks
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(Video by Seattle Times staff.)

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