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Volunteers clean up bike trail in downtown Colorado Springs

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Volunteers cleaned up a popular bike trail along Fountain Creek near I-25 and Tejon that was littered with paper, bottles and other trash where the homeless community is very active.

The Urban Singletrack Project is the organization that originally built the track for mountain biking and takes responsibility for keeping it clean and safe to ride. 

Maintenance on the trail was much needed as this was the first clean up effort of the year and there was plenty of work to do. This morning about a dozen volunteers, some as young as 11 years old, grabbed some gloves and bags and made the trail look like new.

The group has been doing this for years and every time it gets a little bit cleaner but there is still a lot to be done. They hope to inspire new riders to enjoy the track and want people to know the track is clean, safe and ready to ride.

"We've been coming here for about two years now to really help with cleaning up the trail and try to make it a sustainable trail and a place a lot of people can enjoy" volunteer Bastien Donze said.

"Anything that's out here along the trails and open spaces ultimately make their way through our watershed to the lowest point of drainage which is our water ways." said Jerry Cordova, a volunteer who also works for the City.

The group will continue to meet on the first Saturday of every month. After the cleanup, volunteers are treated to pizza and refreshments as a thank you. Anyone is welcome to join them in their future efforts. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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