Town and county to hold community cleanup Saturday


By Dorothy Elder | Staff Writer

This Saturday, April 23, town and county residents are being encouraged to come together to help clean up Pagosa Springs. 

The Earth Day event will be held for the majority of the day on Saturday. The day includes trash pickup throughout the community, followed by a barbecue and homemade ice cream competition in honor of the late Larry Fisher.

Participants should plan to meet at Yamaguchi Park at 9:30 a.m. to get a cleanup assignment. Cleanup projects will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., according to Tourism Director Jennifer Green. 

The barbecue and ice cream competition will follow the cleanup efforts, starting at 11:30 a.m., and projected to end at 1 p.m. 

The Jackson Mountain Ramblers has agreed to provide live music during the barbecue, Green stated. 

“The tourism board is excited to once again partner with the Town and County to create a fun event to spruce up the community,” Green wrote in an email. “It is a great opportunity to gather together to make a difference in the community and share lunch and some amazing homemade ice cream.”

In addition to the events of the day, the county will provide free dumping for all county residents at the landfill. From 8 a.m. to noon, county residents can also dump into two containers at the Pagosa Lakes Property Association Owners clubhouse, according to Green. For both locations, proof of county residency is required. 

“Commercial, construction, demolition, mattresses, appliances, furniture and carcasses are not included, and normal fees will apply,” an announcement by the county states. “Items not accepted at any time include Hazardous waste in any form, liquids, used oils, chemicals, pesticides, fuels, anti-freeze, household cleaners, contaminated soil, friable asbestos, tires, car bodies, trailers, burning trash, hot barrels or ashes.”