270 volunteers help with Garden of the Gods cleanup on Earth Day; monthly workdays set

       The Garden of the Gods volunteer clean-up on Earth Day Saturday. April 21 was the first of a series of monthly projects planned through the fall to care for the city's most popular park.
       “It needs a lot of upkeep,” said Keith Roche, an active-duty Air Force officer who organizes the workdays through the Friends of the Garden of the Gods. “The only way to get it done is by people stepping up.”
       Roche's monthly workdays in the Garden are scheduled every third Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The work typically involves refurbishing trails, including pruning and installing water bars, he said.
       According to Bonnie Frum, director of operations for the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, a total of 270 people signed up for the April 21 workday, which was aimed at litter control throughout the Garden.
       As a long-range goal, Roche would like to see park volunteering citywide. “It would be nice if on Earth Day every park got cleaned up,” he said. Noting that city funds often don't allow frequent park cleanings - which can mean children encountering safety problems (such as broken glass) in playgrounds - he added the suggestion that “people can organize in their neighborhoods to clean up their own parks.”
       For more information on the monthly cleanups, call the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at 219-0108 or Roche at 574-4303.

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