It's springtime in the Rockies - tulips are sprouting, trees are budding and lots of trash is emerging from melting snow banks.
On Saturday, April 27, the Eagle community will generally spruce up itself during the annual cleanup slated from 8 a.m. to noon. The Eagle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this year's event and is organizing teams to tidy up the town.
"We have designated 19 areas, and all but two are officially adopted at this point," said Taylor Slaugh, Eagle Chamber administrator.
All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and anyone who wants to join a team or lead a team can contact the chamber at 970-306-2262.
In addition to the public area cleanup, residents are invited to clear out their own yards, garages and closets. Recycling and trash containers will be stationed at the Capitol Theater parking lot for donations and junk.
"We want to thank Trinity Recycling, Vail Honeywagon, Habitat ReStore and Thrifty Shops for their participation in a centralized trash and recycle area behind the movie theater that day," said Slaugh. "In fact, Trinity Recycling is donating the money collected that day from weight of their recycling containers back to the Eagle Chamber and Honeywagon is waiving the freon fee for any items brought in that may contain freon."
Erin Vega of the Eagle Ranch Association noted that all work and no play makes for a dull cleanup day. This year a couple of the cleanup teams are throwing down challenges.
"Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District and Eagle Ranch Fitness Club are challenging each other to see who can pick up the most trash," said Vega. "Both teams will start at opposite ends of Brush Creek Road and they will collect trash along the way until they meet up. Then all the bags will be piled up and we will see who is the winner."