Much of Summit County has been buried under a thick layer of snow for the better part of the year. As the ground thaws, hidden trash and treasures are uncovered.
County residents are invited to grab their grubbies and take part in a countywide cleanup. Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m. May 18, rain or shine. They will be given recycling, compost and garbage bags. Then, volunteers will take to the streets to spruce up their towns. Some volunteers may be directed to specific areas, while others may opt to clean up their own neighborhoods.
“It’s a great way for the community to come together and get outside and take pride in the town,” said Matt Miano, Dillon events manager.
Town officials said the cleanup day gives community members a chance to reunite with their neighborhoods after winter’s hibernation period. It’s also a good chance for families to bond, event organizers said.
“It teaches good lessons for families with children about proper disposal,” said Nancy Baumgartner, recreation coordinator for the town of Silverthorne.
A few of the towns will hold a contest for unique and weird finds. Please nothing dead, the town of Breckenridge requests.
Breck is starting a new initiative to clean up graffiti. The town also will be tidying up the Valley Brook Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day services.
Countywide cleanup organizers say it’s a great time to get outside and “make the town shine” before the busy summer season. Organizers are striving to make the event enjoyable for everyone who volunteers.
“Cleaning up is really not that bad when you do it with 500 people,” said Suzanne Lifgren, Frisco’s marketing and communications manager. “It’s more fun than it is cleaning.”
After three hours of tidying the town, volunteers are invited to free community picnics and barbecues featuring music and raffles. These picnics stick to a sustainable theme aiming to be “zero waste.”
“It’s a collaborative effort from a lot of different people and groups,” Breckenridge events coordinator Heather Pease said.
The picnics will be a chance for community members to sit back, relax and give themselves a pat on the back.
“It’s a way to say thank you to our community members because we appreciate them coming out and spending time with us on their Saturday,” Silverthorne’s Baumgartner said.