Clean-up Day is Saturday

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As part of its annual effort to make Steamboat Springs a little more beautiful, city officials are looking for volunteers to participate in Saturday's Green-up, Clean-up Day.

A spring event for more than a decade, Green-up, Clean-up Day is a chance for residents to help clean up the city by picking up trash, weeding gardens and planting flowers.

Volunteers are asked to go to the Steamboat Springs Community Center adjacent to Bud Werner Memorial Library on 13th Street, between 8:30 and 9 a.m. The city will provide a breakfast of coffee, doughnuts and fruit to all volunteers. Breakfast also will be the time for volunteers to be assigned to different Green-up, Clean-up Day projects.

Groups of volunteers will plant flowers in planters along the Fifth Street Bridge, in baskets along Lincoln Avenue and in barrels in front of the Routt County Courthouse. People also can help pick up trash along highways and city streets. Volunteers also will be asked to clean up local parks.

Park Supervisor Ernie Jenkins said most tools will be provided, but volunteers can bring planting trowels, work gloves, water bottles and, if the sun is cooperative, sunscreen.

"It's always been a fun day where local people come out and clean up," Jenkins said.

At noon, the city will provide free lunches to the volunteers. Lawn and garden door prizes will be handed out during lunch at the community center.

More than 100 volunteers typically show up for Green-up, Clean-up Day. But with the Steamboat Springs High School graduation, the dedication of the Boardwalk at Rotary River Park and the chance of cloudy weather on Saturday, Director of Parks, Open Space and Recreation Services Chris Wilson said many people will have time conflicts.

"We are not sure what the turnout will be. We will be there and hope a number of volunteers will be," Wilson said.

In past years, groups that have adopted a park or a trail tend to come and help, Wilson said.

City Manager Paul Hughes said Green-up, Clean-up Day is a chance for neighborhood residents to get together and police their streets for trash that accumulated during the winter.

Saturday also is an opportunity for the city to celebrate Arbor Day. Although Arbor Day officially is celebrated the last Friday of April, the city of Steamboat Springs celebrates the occasion after the snow has melted.

Aspen and ponderosa pine saplings will be among the door prizes the city will give away at lunch.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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