Courtesy GPPA-Friends of the Scenic DrivedRoa
Photographs Courtesy of Peter Cherry and Cindy Leeo
Volunteers “Brave” Elements for Landmark and Environment
Thank you. In fact, everybody who drives, bikes, jogs, walks or otherwise uses the northern-most reaches of Scottsdale Road thanks you.
Let’s face it, most of us have been spoiled by blue skies and warmth. It takes an extra measure of community pride to “hit the road” and pick up litter on a chilly, Saturday morning, following two dark, dismal days of rainy weather. Yet, that is exactly what 15 GPPA-Friends of the Scenic Drive volunteers did on Saturday, February 25th. Below are photographs of some of the hearty souls who pitched in.
The turnout was lower than usual but the amount of roadside litter was also less than we normally encounter. As a result, almost all the roadside litter was cleared from Happy Valley Road to Carefree Highway, a distance of 6 1/2 miles, which equates to 13 miles of roadside.
Special thanks to volunteers Peter Cherry and Cindy Lee. Cindy and Peter took the photographs in this article of the volunteers who participated in the cleanup. Plus, they are developing a short video to help us promote future Scottsdale Scenic Drive cleanups.
At 10 a.m., following the cleanup, volunteers had the option of “staying late” to participate in three drawings for free tickets to the Cave Creek Museum and AMC movie theaters. The winners were Jan Nyland, Trish Brown, and David Curtice. Gathering for the drawing was enjoyable, as volunteers swapped tales of the roadside treasures that they had discovered.
We will have even more drawings and prizes at the next cleanup, which will be held on April 22. The weather should be better.
Residents have been clearing roadside litter since 1963 when the Scenic Drive was established. GPPA-Friends of the Scenic Drive was one of the first organizations to participate in Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Highway program and has been conducting an annual program of cleanups since 1995.
Some good news. It appears that we have another volunteer to help us update the roadside plant identification signs. We need a team of about five volunteers to review existing signs and then replace and add signs as needed. If you are interested in helping with this project, Contact Us.
Update: Video Produced
North Scottsdale residents, Cindy Lee and Peter Cherry, with the help of other volunteers made this cleanup very special! They produced a short video, which will be used to promote Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive, our organization, and future cleanups.
To watch the video, click on the link below.GPPA’s Scenic Drive Roadside Cleanup Video