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Second Annual Taquitz Creek Cleanup

Community Clean-up Day Scheduled for Saturday

Post Date:11/13/2007

Contact: Cindy Uken
Communications Director
City of Palm Springs

November 13, 2007

If you want to get some fresh air and exercise – and help spruce up the community in the process, mark your calendar for this Saturday, November 17.

It’s time for the Tahquitz Creek Second Annual Community Clean-up Day. The event is sponsored by Tahquitz Creek Yacht Club and Tahquitz River Estates, Deepwell, Warm Sands and Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood Organizations, all of which are working together to create a park and trail system along Tahquitz Creek.

Last November 70 people hauled 13 tons of trash out of the Tahquitz Creek channel. Since then, neighborhood volunteers have been gathering twice a month to prevent trash from accumulating, to banish homeless encampments and to eradicate graffiti.

The goal for this year’s annual community clean up, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is to clear away the dead and dying oleander along South Riverside Way. This will help to enhance the look and feel of the area and prepare the way for re-landscaping that will occur as part of the park and trails project. Volunteers will also pick up litter within the creek channel.

"These neighborhoods do not shy away from hard work,” said Lee Husfeldt, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations. “Twice a month, even in the summer, they are out there picking up debris and whatever else from the Tahquitz Creek channel. They have adopted that area and are working to make it better. We really appreciate what they have done and what they continue to do."

Participants are asked to meet at the pedestrian bridge at the corner of South Camino Real and South Riverside Way and bring gloves, saws, shovels, pruners, chains, and other handy tools.

”Come for an hour or two, or the whole day,” said April Hildner, founding member of Tahquitz Creek Yacht Club. “Everyone’s invited to pitch in to help make Tahquitz Creek a better place for people and other wild things.” Lunch will be served at noon.

For more information, contact April Hildner at 832-6695.

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