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Annual event: Spring cleaning for the whole community

Parkites have been conducting an annual town-wide clean up for decades.

In the early days, the newly formed Chamber of Commerce encouraged volunteers to pick up the eclectic assortment of trash that collected along the roadways and in empty lots throughout the winter.

Back then there were plenty of abandoned buildings and vacant parcels along Main Street and Park Avenue and when the snow melted the town had a bit of a shabby appearance.

At the time, Park City was just beginning to elbow its way into the ranks of the world’s most elite resort towns and the only way to spruce up was to make a party out of handing out garbage bags and picking up litter. Realtors, town fathers, business owners and their kids donned work gloves and laughed their way through the day comparing the oddest and most revolting pieces of garbage they could find.

These days there may be fewer empty lots, but there is still plenty of litter and even though many of the old miners shacks have been replaced with tony boutiques and lavish homes, the spring thaw still reveals an unsightly layer of fast food containers, discarded batteries and other yucky stuff.

So, this Saturday, the Park City Chapter of Rotary International and Recycle Utah are asking residents once again to roll up their sleeves and participate in Pride in Your Park Day.

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The gambit is basically the same as it always has been. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at City Park for breakfast and to get their marching orders and trash bags.

Extra incentives include prize drawing tickets and the promise of hidden silver dollars along the way. And, of course, Recycle Utah will be promoting a little extra scrutiny of the day’s haul, encouraging participants to sort out anything that is reusable or recyclable.

Park City has long since shed its shabby facade and replaced it with a sophisticated sheen, but residents, we hope, aren’t too sophisticated to grab a garbage bag and take part in Pride in Your Park Day.