Help needed for Aug. 27 walk on the riverside |

Help needed for Aug. 27 walk on the riverside

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Volunteers are being sought to spend a good part of Saturday, Aug. 27, walking along the local riverbanks, then heading to Two Rivers Park for an evening of live music, a community barbecue, beer and a drawing for prizes.

It probably should be mentioned that the stroll along the banks of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers will be with a clear trash bag in hand, looking for litter and trash washed up by the recent high water.

Plus, the band at the barbecue will be the increasingly popular local group, All The Pretty Horses, the first 50 to sign up for the cleanup detail will each receive a special bag of goodies from one of the sponsors, Big O Tires, and there is to be a drawing for prizes contributed by other sponsors of the event.

The occasion is a riverside cleanup campaign on Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., organized by the Glenwood Springs River Commission.

The commission was created in 1990 after citizen surveys showed that “residents … overwhelmingly wanted the city to preserve the remaining undeveloped riverbanks in as close as possible to a natural state and rehabilitate or restore riverbanks that had been abused,” according to a statement on the city’s website.

And part of the commission’s duties, said current River Commission chairman Jeremy Heiman, is to keep the riverbanks looking good with annual cleanup campaigns using volunteers from the community.

“But it hasn’t been done,” Heiman remarked, explaining that the commission has undertaken periodic cleanup along the two rivers, but not on an annual basis.

“We did a very small-scale river cleanup last year, with just family and friends of the River Commission,” he added, but this year he is hoping to get as many as 50 volunteers to cover as much of the city-owned riversides as possible.

This year’s cleanup is partly in response to the immense amounts of spring runoff that coursed down the rivers last spring, with the likely result that the riverbanks are carrying more than their usual load of rubbish.

Heiman emphasized that, while the official sign-up and check-in is at Two Rivers Park on Aug. 27, volunteers are encouraged to sign up early through the city’s website,, to help with the planning for the barbecue. Go to the “News In A Flash” window and click on the River Cleanup button.

“Anyone can volunteer,” states a flier for the event. “We’re suggesting that businesses and organizations send teams … but individuals and families are just as welcome.”

Heiman suggested participants wear long pants for walking through the brush at the riverbanks, as well as sturdy, high-top boots and leather or canvas work gloves to deal with the brush and the trash.

Heiman also suggested bringing a full water bottle to combat thirst while doing what may be hot and dusty work.

The event is being sponsored by seven local businesses, including Florindo’s, Chili’s, Chomps, Good Health, Italian Underground, Vic’s Route 6 Grill, and the 19th St. Diner, and features prizes from the Hot Springs Pool, Rivers Restaurant, Gold Medal Nets, Pine Stone and Peppino’s Pizza.

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