PUEBLO — Around 200 volunteers worked together Saturday morning to help clean up a stretch of the Arkansas River from Runyon State Wildlife Area to Lake Pueblo State Park.
It was part of a joint effort from the Colorado Lottery, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Pueblo Parks and Recreation, the Nature and Discovery Center of Pueblo, and the Sierra Club.
Organizers say despite the chilly morning they were happy with the turnout, and that it showed people value the natural resources and care about the environment and where they spend their recreation time.
"It's so beautiful, the river and the reservoir, there's so much to do here even in the winter time," said Colorado Lottery Director Tom Seaver. "And everyone pays a lot of attention and takes good care of this resource"
Colorado Lottery officials say it's also a reminder that with their headquarters being in Pueblo, they are part of the local community.
Proceeds from Colorado Lottery ticket sales have provided more than $3.5 billion to parks, recreation areas, and other open spaces statewide. Seaver said he hopes to hold similar events that will help people understand how the lottery benefits the community.
After the clean up organizers provided lunch at Quail Run Picnic Area for volunteers.