Clean-Up Castle Pines Days

October 21, 2020

A few weeks ago, Stonecroft residents, Marilyn & Blair Marsden, urged us to mobilize volunteers against the insidious invasion of trash and graffiti plaguing the community. We extend a warm and sincere ‘thank you’ to the Marsdens and the fourteen other residents who joined us in Coyote Ridge Park for our first Clean-Up Castle Pines Day at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21st.

Altruism, neighborly companionship, and clarity of purpose collaborated with coffee, hot chocolate, and mini-Bundts to take the edge of the brisk air that fall morning. As Knightsbridge resident Dave Celecki wrestled an armload of heavy-gauge industrial wire and a mangled bike from the swamp, a team of volunteers cleaned out rotting furniture and debris vagrant campers had abandoned. Others fanned out in groups of two or three throughout the park and adjacent areas.

From decomposing sports balls and clothing, to countless cigarette butts, cans, bottles, plastic wrappers, Styrofoam, and shards of broken glass — after the glorious band of insurgent volunteers finished their ninety-minute task, our own Natalio Maldonado schlepped four truckloads of trash from Coyote Ridge Park and a stretch of Monarch Boulevard to CPNMD dumpsters.

Special shout out to two-year-old Castle Valley resident Haisley, who joined her mom, Melissa Kastenek, filling a garbage bag with debris they found near the gazebos.

Our next Clean-Up Castle Pines Day will occur at a date and time TBA in March.