Volunteers clean up Castle Pines
Information and photos provided by Castle Pines North Metro District
After two postponed events due to spring snow storms, the Castle Pines North Metro District (CPNMD) held its quarterly neighborhood clean-up on a banner blue-sky day in early June. Sixty-seven residents representing neighborhoods throughout Castle Pines came together to pick up trash in the community’s parks and open spaces.
“The words ‘thank you’ seem somehow inadequate to express our appreciation,” said Director Robert Merritt, who brought his family. “Mother Nature had been less than cooperative for our two most recent events, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Turns out, so many residents came on Saturday, we picked up trash throughout the entire Coyote Ridge Park area, a big swath of our wetlands and trail system, and large stretches of the rights-of-way adjacent to Monarch Boulevard and Castle Pines Parkway,” Merritt continued.
Having just returned from a six-month deployment on active military duty in Kuwait, Saturday’s Clean-Up Castle Pines Day was Christopher Lewis’ first official function as a CPNMD director.
“The camaraderie, the people – including young people – all coming together in community service, we acknowledge and thank each one of the people and families who might easily have spent their Saturday morning elsewhere. We are truly grateful,” said Lewis.
“We all had a fantastic time catching up with those we represent and serve, and we were able to collect several dozen debris-filled trash bags in the process,” commented Director Chuck Lowen.
The outpouring of support moved President David McEntire. “Anytime we have the opportunity to connect with constituents like we did Saturday, while enhancing the beauty and serenity of the community we all call home, it’s a blessing,” said McEntire.
Among the volunteers were members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I am honored to extend a special thank you to members of the Castle Pines and Lone Tree Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for mobilizing and generously contributing their time and energy,” continued McEntire.