Keeping Steamboat green

Parks Department schedules annual Clean-up Day Saturday


— If you want to see a cleaner, greener Steamboat Springs, Saturday is your day.

The city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting the annual Green-Up, Clean-Up Day this weekend.

During the event, which usually draws about 100 participants, volunteers will perform several tasks, including hanging up flower baskets along Lincoln Avenue, planting flowers in city gardens and parks, cleaning trails and parks, and picking up trash from city roads and ditches. This year, volunteers also will paint storm drains with a message reminding people that the drains lead to natural water sources.

"It's about cleaning up the town and making it look good as we go into summer," said Ernie Jenkins, the city's parks supervisor. "It's a fun half-day of work."

Participants will be rewarded for their work. There will be free doughnuts, lunch and a door-prize drawing. Most prizes will be themed around landscaping and gardening, although there may be a few gift certificates mixed in, Jenkins said.

In addition to Green-Up, Clean-Up Day, Saturday will feature the city's Arbor Day Fair. Arbor Day typically is celebrated the last Friday in April, but the city of Steamboat Springs usually waits to celebrate the day until the snow has melted.

The fair will include a presentation about the city's Tree City USA flag. Steamboat was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This year marks the 15th year since the city received this honor. Tree Cities are ones that have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and observe Arbor Day.

There will be free tree saplings for all Green-Up, Clean-Up Day volunteers, and the city's arborist, George Hines, will be on hand to answer tree-related questions.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229

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