Function becomes three-day event amid COVID-19
A Community Cleanup participant picks up trash during a past year’s event. Times File
A Community Cleanup participant picks up trash during a past year’s event. Times File

Nature doesn’t quarantine — and spring has sprung in the Gunnison Valley.

The Gunnison Department of Health and Human Services has approved the 24th annual Community Clean-Up event, sponsored by the City of Gunnison and the Gunnison Country Times.

Due to COVID-19, the cleanup will be spread out as a three-day event from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.

The city however is not providing trash bags or gloves this year. Please supply your own to participate. Trash will need to be placed in any park dumpster or dumpsters at the Gunnison Volunteer Fire Department firehouse and fire training facility. If a dumpster is full please find another that is not full.

These changes will be advertised on the Parks and Recreation and the City of Gunnison Facebook pages.

Have no fear — Gunnison Greenbacks will still be up for grabs. An online contest using photos to garner Greenbacks will be held. There will be a $20 Greenback for each of the following: most trash collected, most unique item picked up, most Cowboy pride and neighbor nominating neighbor for clean up, (nominator and nominee both get a $20 Greenback).

Five $20 Greenbacks will be randomly awarded in a drawing based on submitted photos to Facebook showing collected trash.

Social and physical distancing does apply — please wear proper protective equipment and only gather trash with those in your household.

For more information contact Caree at 970.641.8150 cmusick@gunnisonco.gov or Faith fsaltmarsh@gunnisonco.gov.