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  • Clean up of Rillito River bed set for April 20 as part of #trashtag challenge

    Apr 17, 2019 | Read More News
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    Outdoor retailer REI will join forces with World Care, Tucson Clean and Beautiful and Pima County Natural Resources Park and Recreation April 20 for a #trashtag challenge to clean up the Rillito River between La Cañada Drive and Oracle Road. Tools and supplies will be provided. 
    Volunteers will gather at Planet Fitness parking lot at 4848 N. Oracle Road. Please wear close-toed shoes and a sun hat.

    The event takes place on Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 as a day to honor the Earth. Since 2018, staff and volunteers from REI Co-Op have adopted the portion of the Chuck Huckelberry Loop from La Cañada Drive and Oracle Road through the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas Program.
    The Loop
    Staff from Pima County will assist with removal of heavy waste found in the riverbed. Pima County Regional Flood Control District (RFCD) has funded and built the Loop within the river park system as a recreational amenity for community use. Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) is under contract with RFCD to provide maintenance service to the Loop path, landscaping, restrooms and adjacent parking lots. 
    REI is a recreational equipment co-op, putting purpose before profits and acting in the long-term interests of their members. REI publishes an annual Stewardship Report highlighting their efforts to get more people outside and to protect and create access to outdoor places.
    World Care's mission is to help create sustainable communities by recycling, repurposing, and redistributing goods for people in need by collecting surplus supplies that may otherwise be thrown into landfills.
    The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas program was established in 1984 to address the growing problem of litter. Since that time, Tucson area volunteers have provided over 300,000 volunteer service hours at hundreds of sites, including over 12,594 hours in the past year alone. This unique public-private partnership helps to keep our public areas cleaner and safer for all to enjoy.
    Tucson Clean & Beautiful is the flagship community-based environmental nonprofit for volunteer stewardship efforts in the Tucson metropolitan area. Its programs address recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, invasive plant removal, and beautification. Visit www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org or call (520) 791-3109 for more information.