‘Spruce It Up’ aims to clean up Fraser Valley towns
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
Instead of complaining about the trash he saw, Philip Naill took it upon himself to organize an effort to clean up Winter Park and Fraser.
He approached the Fraser Board of Trustees and the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce and gathered the support of volunteers and local businesses. He advertised a “Spruce It Up” day on Facebook, in the newspaper, in the Winter Park e-newsletter and made countless phone calls.
When Naill first moved to Fraser, the town hosted an annual clean up day.
“It turned into people saving their trash (for clean up day),” Naill said. “They would bring appliances and all kinds of stuff and it wasn’t cleaning up the town. It was cleaning out garages.”
So, Fraser canceled it.
Naill asks that anyone participating in “Spruce It Up” day use it to clean up the town of Fraser and Winter Park, not a chance to throw out their own old tires and damaged furniture.
As a model for the event, Naill attended Grand Lake’s “Cleaning and Greening” event.
“It was a huge success for them,” he said. “They cleaned up the town and brought people together.
“They gave out spruce trees and re-usable bags and did a barbecue.”
Once it started spreading the word, it was easy to get people on board for the Winter Park/Fraser event.
Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Bring Your Own Bag project donated re-usable bags. The Town of Fraser donated Englemann spruce trees. Safeway donated gift cards for food at the barbecue and the Trash Company donated Dumpsters and hauling services. Mountain Grind Coffee and Bistro donated muffins and coffee to start out the day.
“Everybody was really excited about it,” Naill said.
The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 20. Volunteers will meet at the Fraser Lions Club ponds near Safeway. Volunteers will receive bags, latex gloves and maps of Winter Park and Fraser showing areas that need to be cleaned.
Trash in Fraser will be bagged and picked up by the Town. Trash in Winter Park must be taken to the Dumpster in the parking lot of the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.
At 11:30 a.m., volunteers will meet for a barbecue at the Lions Park ponds. Food will be provided.
“We very much appreciate Philip’s grassroots effort to organize this event,” said Chamber Executive Director Catherine Ross. “We appreciate his passion and it’s taken him a lot of work to get this done.”
A shredding truck will be at the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce from 9 to 11 a.m. Residents may bring up to three bags or boxes of documents to be shredded.
Police will not be on site. So, if you want to ensure that your documents are shredded, stick around and watch, Ross said.
“We were asked to do this by a citizen (concerned about identity theft),” Ross said. “And I know, living up here, it is hard to get to Denver to have your documents shredded.”
The service is free. All expenses are paid for by the Chamber and the Town of Winter Park.
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