Parker day of service planned for trails

Volunteers will clean paths after 'year of unprecedented use'

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/14/21

The inaugural Parker Mayor’s Day of Service is planned for Sept. 25.  The event, intended to become an annual service day, will focus on cleaning up the town’s trails. “Let’s come together …

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Parker day of service planned for trails

Volunteers will clean paths after 'year of unprecedented use'

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The inaugural Parker Mayor’s Day of Service is planned for Sept. 25. 

The event, intended to become an annual service day, will focus on cleaning up the town’s trails.

“Let’s come together to beautify our town’s trail system after a year of unprecedented use,” says a flyer for the event.

The service day is organized by JustServe, an organization sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“After a year of relative isolation, we need to come together in a united cause,” said Shaunn Gann, one of the organizers of the event, in a statement. “With so many venues closed, Parker's extensive trail system was one of the few places people could go during the pandemic. The trails received an unprecedented amount of use and maintaining them has been overwhelming for the parks department. They are in need of a major cleanup.”

The morning will kick off in a rally at O’Brien Park at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25. Then at 9:30, volunteers will head to trailheads to begin cleaning.

The trails included in the event are: Baldwin Gulch, Sulphur Gulch/Cherry Creek, Sulphur Gulch Trail and Pine Circle Open Space.

A flyer for the event asks volunteers to follow the following parking directions:

► Baldwin Gulch Trail: There is a small parking lot and street parking on the east side of Twenty Mile Road between Lincoln Ave and Pine Lane.

► Bar CCC Park-Sulphur Gulch/Cherry Creek Trails: Park in the Bar CCC parking lot.

► Behind Safeway-Sulphur Gulch Trail: Park in the Safeway parking lot, walk behind the store to the trail.

► Town Hall-Sulphur Gulch Trail: Park at Town Hall.

► Pine Circle: Park in the open area on Pine Drive, directly east of the library.

A map of the trail cleanup sites is available online at tinyurl.com/ParkerDayOfService.

At each location, volunteers will meet a “trail boss” who will provide garbage bags and will give further direction, Gann said. Those who attend are asked to bring their own hats, sunscreen, gloves and water.

Gann, a 26-year Parker resident and mother of three, said she has been working on the concept for the Mayor’s Day of Service for several years. 

“Service and simply being a good neighbor has always been an important part of who I am,” she said. “I've seen firsthand the good it can do when people get their hands dirty together. Walls come down, communication starts and we learn that we are more alike than different when we literally work together for a common cause. Friendships are forged, community is strengthened.”

More information is available by calling 720-257-4506.

“No matter how big we get, I hope we will always keep our small town friendliness, values, and sense of community,” Gann said. “I truly believe one of the best ways to do that is to serve together.”

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