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Estes Park Gets Cleaner And Greener

Estes Park is cleaner and greener this week thanks to more than a hundred volunteers who picked up litter and trash along its major highways and public parks last weekend.

“Rotarians, Starbucks staff, Trailmasters, many community-minded youth and adults, even a dog name Stella took part in the cleanup Saturday morning,” said Ron Kuhns, chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Rotary Club of Estes Park, sponsor of the cleanup. “We collected more than 140 bags of trash. Saturday afternoon, twelve students from the Eagle Rock School came and collected another dozen bags of trash. It was an excellent example of what people can do if they work together.”

Kuhns said the volunteers ranged in age from seven to 84. They picked up litter scattered along Highways 7, 34, 36, and 66. They also picked up all around Lake Estes, along the hiking path from the dog park to Little Valley Rd., the medical center parking lot, the river walk from Starbucks all the way to Performance Park, around Town Hall, the library, Key Bank, and near The Egg & I.

The volunteer effort also will benefit Estes Park High School students. Starbucks rewards community involvement efforts. For 100 man hours of volunteer community service, Starbucks pays the sponsoring organization $1,000. That money will go into the Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation’s scholarship fund. An anonymous donor will match that with another $2,000 – all for college scholarships for graduating seniors.

“We deeply appreciate all the volunteers who showed up to spend a portion of their weekend cleaning up the city,” said Kuhns. “Not only does the town look better, but our kids are the ones who will benefit from this. We also owe a big ‘thank you’ to Starbucks for donating coffee, pastries, its staff, and money for the cleanup.”

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