Record-number 233 volunteers for Garden cleanup at Earth Day eventEarth Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center not only attracted its usual large crowd April 19, but also a veritable army of people eager to help clean the park.
Dolores Davis, a center spokesperson, said a total of 233 volunteers signed up. The cleanup organizers have told her that is the most ever. The starting time was 8:30 a.m., a half-hour before the event started. Participants represented groups or just came as individuals. Provided with trash bags, “they went out into the park
A total of 3,539 people (as recorded by the center's door counters) attended the six hours of festivities, which included presentations, displays, interactive activities, live music and Indian dancing. This number was down about 400 from last year, but Davis said she'd feared it would be even lower, because of rain in the forecast and continuing renovation work on the center that limited building access and reduced the inside space.
But the rain held off, allowing the programmed activities - more of them held outside this year because of the space issues - to go on without a hitch.
On the whole, Davis said she felt that the day was in keeping with Earth Day's “concept of environmental stewardship” in caring for the city's “crown jewel, the Garden of the Gods.”
Note: The photo currently on the home page, showing volunteers lining up to help with the Garden cleanup before the Earth Day event April 19, appears courtesy of Dolores Davis.
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