Summit County cleans up its towns |

Summit County cleans up its towns

Story, photos by Alli Langley
Ivy Bradford, of Frisco, collects trash near underpasses of the Blue River during Breckenridge's Clean Up Day Saturday, May 17.
Kim Dykstra-DiLallo / Contributed |

About 350 people showed up to clean Frisco’s streets Saturday, May 17.

By 8:45 a.m., they had already formed a line for trash bags and gloves, said Vanessa Agee, the town’s marketing and communications director, who gave them wildflower seed packets as a thank you.

The volunteers and another 100 to 150 more people attended the event’s afterparty, complete with music, a raffle, a BBQ lunch donated by Whole Foods and beer donated by Backcountry Brewery.

Jason Berman, 43, a Frisco mortgage originator and his friend Ryan Cook, 35, a Frisco resident who works in the county’s noxious weed department, won the prize for the grossest item collected: a wet brown sweatshirt. They wouldn’t say where they found it.

“Like a fisherman wouldn’t give up his spot,” Cook said.

Across Summit County, the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon and Silverthorne also held cleanups Saturday as part of a countywide event that Agee said has been going on for about 20 years.

In Breckenridge, about 200 people participated, said Kim Dykstra-DiLallo, the town’s communications director. She said the winner of the adult prize for most unusual item was a pair of blue men’s underwear.

She was impressed with Ivy Bradford, of Frisco, who donned waders to collect trash around some of the underpasses in the Blue River. And Breckenridge Cannabis Club had a strong showing, Dystra-DiLallo said. Eight or 10 staff members beautified High Street.

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