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'Great American Cleanup' offers organized chance to clean up community April 23

      
Volunteers clean up trash in Douglas Creek as part of an effort led by the Holland Park Community Association in 2008.
Westside Pioneer file photo
A Pikes Peak region cleanup Saturday, April 23 will have 20 meet-up locations for volunteers - 2 of them on the Westside.
       Called the Great American Cleanup, the event will begin at 9 a.m., focusing on public areas, such as parks, trails, town centers, creeks and roadways.
       The cleanup is a partnership of area government entities, aided by two community organizations - the Council of Neighbors and Organizations and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful - and several local business sponsors.
       The event welcomes signups from “individuals, civic organizations, churches, scout groups and businesses to volunteer to clean up an area of interest,” an El Paso County press release states.
       The two Westside meet-up locations are Bear Creek Regional Park, by park headquarters on the southeast corner of 21st and Rio Grande streets; and the Midland Trail, at the open dirt area off 25th Street and Naegele Boulevard.
       For the cleanup, trash bags and safety vests will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and bottled water. This is the fourth year an event like this has taken the place. In the first three years, it was sponsored by El Paso County and titled “Tackle the Trash.” This year, according to Dana Nordstrom of El Paso County Parks, “we have partnered with Keep America Beautiful, the city and others to bring a difference in our community.”
       One noticeable change is the number of meet-up locations. Last year there were 8, compared to this year's 20, Nordstrom said.
       The event website, gacppp.com, identifies the event as part of “Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, [which] is the nation's largest community improvement program, taking place annually from March 1 through May 31. This national program engages 2 million volunteers who take action in their communities to create positive change and lasting impact. Help keep your community beautiful!”
       Preregistration is requested at gacppp.com, but not mandatory. “We would prefer if people went to the website to preregister; however, all walk-ups are welcome,” Nordstrom said.
       For more information, call 520-7879.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 4/10/16; Outdoors: General)

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