Keep Steamboat beautiful

Green-up/Clean-up Day to be held Saturday


— It's time to get out the shovels and gardening gloves and join the rest of the community in cleaning up Steamboat Springs.

On Saturday, the city will host the annual Green-up/Clean-up Day, an event it has been holding for more than a decade. It is a chance for residents to help beautify the city by picking up trash, weeding and planting trees and flowers throughout the city.

Ernie Jenkins, the city's parks supervisor, said the day has not changed from the past few years, as residents will get a chance to work on the city's parks and trails.

He is looking for plants, flowers and trees to be planted in the Mount Werner Area, around lampposts downtown and hanging off the Fifth Street bridge.

Last year, 100 to 150 people showed up for the workday, Jenkins said. And many of those people were civic groups from the Rotary to Lions Club to Horizons and Boy Scouts.

But, Jenkins said, anyone could volunteer. All they would need to do is show up at the community center at 8:30 a.m. Saturday where they would be given a project for the day.

Jenkins said work should be finished at about noon, and volunteers will be treated to lunch and eligible for door prizes.

"It really is a big event by the community for the community," Jenkins said.

Saturday will also hold another tradition as Steamboat celebrates its designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA, the 11th year it has received the honor.

As part of its Arbor Day celebration, free seedlings and flowers will be handed out to the community at the community center.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: having a tree board, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

Jenkins said Steamboat had planted the certain number of trees that the nonprofit organization requires for its population and size. It also qualified by holding a National Arbor Day event like the one Saturday and having a forestry division in the city.

"With today's imminent threats of the spruce and mountain pine beetle and fire danger at a record high, we're certainly excited about being recognized as a community that works toward the health and benefit of our urban forest by being designated as a Tree City USA community," said Chris Wilson, director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services.


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