Community Pride Highway Cleanup slated April 25 |

Community Pride Highway Cleanup slated April 25

Enterprise staff report

With the early thaw this year, local roadways and medians are already snow-free. This means that the trash and debris that’s been accumulating for months is now front and center, an eye-sore throughout our county.

The annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup is a project of the Eagle River Watershed Council and is presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. This fun, community event is the valley’s way of sprucing up for residents and visitors alike.

This year, the 15th annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 950 volunteers will join in on this annual rite of spring to pick up litter from more than 140 miles of Eagle County roadways including Interstate 70, U.S. Highways 6 and 24, and Colorado Highway 131. Last year, volunteers removed more than 12 tons of trash from local roadways. For this year’s 15th annual cleanup, the goal is to pick up all the trash and hope that it is less than ever before.

After the morning of hard work, volunteers and their families are invited to a free thank you barbecue at the Broken Arrow Restaurant in Arrowhead from noon to 2 p.m. The party will feature live music from First Chair, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing, a raffle and food prepared by the Arrowhead Alpine Club and Beaver Creek Mountain Dining. The highlight of the party is the Golden Toilet Seat Award given to the team that collects the most bizarre piece of trash. In 2014, the Ruggs Benedict team earned the award for finding a full set of dentures along Highway 6 near Gypsum.

Cleanup organizers are always looking for more volunteers for this fun, communitywide event. Call (970) 827-5406 or email today to become a team leader or to join an existing team.

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