Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Help county clean-up trashed areas

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Without clean-ups trails get trashed. - BRIAN SCANNELL
  • Brian Scannell
  • Without clean-ups trails get trashed.

Last month, I wrote about our city's problems with illegal dumping.

While it's unlikely that people will stop leaving their trash all over public and private property any time soon, regular cleanups certainly help the city to look a little cleaner. This Saturday, you can be a part of the solution by taking part in a county-wide clean-up. Check the release below to find out the details. There are plenty of clean-up locations, meaning you can pick a place close to home or work, and near a beloved trail.

County-Wide Spring Cleaning Day Set for April 26
Volunteers Invited to Help Clean County Parks and Trails as Part of Tackle the Trash

El Paso County, CO, March 14, 2013 – El Paso County is hosting Tackle the Trash, a County-wide “spring cleaning” event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and encouraging civic organizations, churches, scout groups, schools, and individuals to participate.

Volunteers will pick up trash in six specific areas around County parks, trails, public areas, creeks and roadways. County Commissioners will greet volunteers at various check-in sites beginning at 9 a.m. The County will provide trash bags and safety vests. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and bottled water.

“El Paso County residents are proud of this beautiful place we call home,” Commissioner Dennis Hisey said. “Tackle the Trash is a great opportunity to spruce up the community.”

Last year, more than 400 volunteers tackled the trash. For more information, and to register for the event, go to www.tacklethetrash.com. Those younger than 16 must be supervised by an adult.

Tackle the Trash Check-In Sites (all open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014):

Monument Area / New Santa Fe Regional Trail
Check-in at 3rd Street Trailhead, between Adams Street and Beacon Lite Road, Monument

Fountain Area / Fountain Creek Regional Park
Check-in at the park, 2010 Duckwood, Fountain

Falcon Area / Rock Island Regional Trail
Check-in at Falcon Trailhead, Falcon

Bear Creek Regional Park / Surrounding Areas
Check-in at the park, 21st Street and Cresta Road, Colorado Springs

Calhan Area/ El Paso County Fairgrounds
Check-in at the fairgrounds, 10th Street, Calhan

Downtown Colorado Springs
Check-in at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs

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