Last year’s annual Keep Woodland Park Beautiful Spring showed a big jump in participation that planners hoped would happen again at this year’s cleanup. Their wish was fulfilled when 120 people participated in the 12th annual cleanup, a 25-percent jump.
On June 7, volunteers collected 108 big orange bags of trash and, for the first time, 23 smaller black bags of recyclables.
There were a number of factors involved in the jump. One was likely the many ways people were reminded about the event, including the newspaper, the city website and Channel 10, flyers and posters and a reminder email to past participants. The great weather also helped; it was a “Goldilocks morning,” not too hot, not too cold, pretty much just right if a little windy later in the morning. Participation was also helped by the planting and beautification projects that were planned for the Ute Pass Historical Society’s History Park that families with small children or individuals with physical limitations could do.
Also there were a large number of donors, including Teller County Waste, which provided the big dumpster; Cafe Leo, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Costco, Foxworth-Galbraith, Teller County Home Builders Association, BierWerks Brewery, Pikes Peak Rotary Club, Mountain Scoops, City Market, Starbucks and Safeway.
As one might expect with a list like this, the meal after the cleanup came with everything from hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the Rotary Club grill to root beer, coffee and iced tea, ice cream, several kinds of potato salad, chips and fresh condiments. An afternoon cold snap cut short the after-lunch live entertainment.
Businesses and organizations not only donated food, supplies and equipment to the clean-up effort, they also participated. Volunteers from the following businesses and organizations picked up litter or beautified History Park: Impact Christian Church, Safeway, Girl Scouts, Woodland Park Teen Center, Boy Scouts, Teller County Home Builders Association, Ute Pass Kiwanis, Majestic Park, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Teller County Democrats and Teller County Republicans.
“KWPB is proud to see the Woodland Park Community pull together for this event and wants to thank everyone for their participation!,” City Planner Lisa Parnell said on behalf of the Keep Woodland Park Beautiful committee.