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May 16

Cleaning Up is a 32-Year Old Tradition in Snowmass Village

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM by Kelly Vaughn

The 33rd Annual Town Clean Up Day is coming up May 30th. This tradition was featured in last year's Alpine Bank's annual report. The story is a great reminder of why volunteering is not only a great way to build a sense of community, but also keep our backyard beautiful.

Trash is not something you see often in Snowmass Village. The resort community of about 2,800 residents is nestled within the Snowmass Maroon Bells Wilderness area and the West Elk Mountain Range. The Snowmass Ski Area and Mt. Daly provide a scenic backdrop to the Town's 25.5 square miles.

But, a community this picturesque doesn’t stay that way on its own. It quite literally “takes a Village.” In addition to having a state-of-the-art solid waste and recycling division within the municipal government, the Town has a more than three-decade old tradition that displays the community’s dedication to maintaining Snowmass Village’s beauty—Town Cleanup Day.

On May 31st, the Town held its 32nd Town Cleanup Day with the generous support of local businesses—including Alpine Bank. More than 150 volunteer residents, employees, and Town staff-members showed up to gather trash dotting the otherwise pristine landscape. Armed with bags and gloves, they took to local streets and trails to collect litter.

“When the snow begins to thaw in the spring, it reveals trash that may have been buried during the winter,” said Rhonda Coxon, Snowmass Village Town Clerk and long-time organizer of the event. “Getting litter picked up is important to get ready for the summer season—it’s also critical to the health of our creeks, streams, and local wilderness areas.”

Rather than saddling the solid waste division with the extra cleanup and cost, the Town decided to turn it into an annual community event, drawing more and more volunteers each year. After four hours of ‘hard labor,’ volunteers are rewarded with a barbeque lunch, music, and prize giveaways for the most unusual piece of trash, and the best story.

“It’s a great way to get the community together year after year,” Coxon said. “Alpine Bank’s support has been crucial to the event’s longevity as it continues to grow in popularity.”


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