Aera Park is a terrific facility for baseball and our community makes good use of it. Unfortunately, it looks like a trash dump after the weekend games are over.

Coaches and parents, if you're not already doing so, please use this opportunity to teach the boys and girls about community responsibility and also to set a good example for them. Have them pick up after themselves, and you do the same. Go the extra mile and pick up what someone else has left behind. Be an example for those that haven't learned how to take pride in a clean, litter-free environment.

If everyone does their part, keeping the ballpark clean (and the rest of Bakersfield, for that matter) would be simple.