Holland Park volunteers fill 49 bags in cleanup of creek, park

       A cold, wet morning cut into the turnout for this year's Holland Park Cleanup April 25, but the 16 people who braved the weather gathered almost as much as 28 did a year ago.

Philip McGrath (left) and Steve Phillips pick up trash along Douglas Creek between Centennial and Holland Park Boulevard during the Holland Park Community Association's annual cleanup April 25. Although cool, wet weather held down the turnout this year, those who came still managed to fill up 49 trash bags and pull five shopping carts from the creek.
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       “We're just trying to keep America beautiful,” said Cynthia McGrath, the lead organizer with the Holland Park Community Association.
       Already delayed from its original Earth Day weekend date (because of snow April 18), the project also took in Jackson Park and Douglas Creek between Centennial Boulevard and Chestnut Street this year. McGrath said volunteers filled a total of 49 bags with trash and pulled five shopping carts from the creek. Last year there had been 56 bags.
       She thanked Albertson's for donating sandwiches and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful for providing trash bags.
       By including the park and the creek west of Holland Park Boulevard (up to Centennial), the association extended the scope of this year's cleanup. McGrath had also asked everyone in the Holland Park neighborhood (about 1,200 residences in an area bordered by I-25, Garden of the Gods Road, Centennial and Vondelpark Drive) either to join the association project or clean up their own areas.

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