This past Saturday (April 22, 2017) 55 volunteers joined the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space employees for a massive cleanup project at the Piedra Lisa Open Space area in the Foothills. The enthusiastic group worked together to pick up trash, remove graffiti and complete much-appreciated trail maintenance, including planting hundreds of cactus cuttings to block off unofficial trails and building new stone steps into the trail. Volunteers removed 18 pounds of animal waste, three bags of trash, five gallons of rusty metal, two bags of recycling and a bag of aluminum. Unusual trash items were recovered, including golf balls, coconut shells, a circular saw blade and a dyed, hard boiled Easter egg, the lone survivor of an apparent egg hunt.
20 volunteers also picked up ten bags of trash at the Pueblo Montano site. Events like this give City of Albuquerque employees the perfect opportunity to connect with the residents they are proud to serve and help keep our Open Space areas looking their best.