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Volunteers clean up Clear Creek Trail damage

By RACHEL BRANT

Staff writer

The Dec. 3 storm wreaked havoc on roads, homes, businesses and the Clear Creek Trail.

Nearly 50 volunteers turned out last weekend to help repair sections of the trail that were severely damaged by the storm. Clear Creek Task Force members, local Kiwanis members, students from the Alternatives to Detention Program and frequent trail-goers spent the weekend making the Clear Creek Trail safe and walkable again.

“We rely pretty heavily on the community to build things on the trail, so it was nice to have them come out and fix it,” said Tex Lewis, Clear Creek Task Force co-chair.

Lewis said the Alternatives to Detention students have worked on the trail in the past and have always been a big help. He was greatly impressed with the volunteer support during the weekend’s cleanup efforts.

“It was very heartwarming,” Lewis said. “It was a really wonderful time. I think everyone there felt good about it.”

The group of volunteers worked on the trail from Bucklin Hill Road to Waaga Way repairing damaged boardwalks, fixing washed out gravel trails and moving three observation decks back to their foundations.

“We got everything downtown pretty well passable,” Lewis said. “It’s not up to where it was, but it’s safe to walk on.”

Randy Peterson, Clear Creek Trail maintenance supervisor, was impressed with the turnout and is pleased the previously closed sections of trail are again passable and open for the public to enjoy.

“It was marvelous participation in response to the need,” Peterson said. “We got all of the hazards fixed.”

Despite this past weekend’s cleanup efforts, there is still more work that needs to be done on the trail. The task force has scheduled another work party for tomorrow, Dec. 16, to continue repairing the trail north of Waaga Way. Volunteers are needed to fill eroded spots along the trail, replace gravel, pin down four observation decks and several boardwalks.

“We had a lot of boardwalk displacement in the downtown area from the bowling alley to Dyes Inlet,” Lewis said.

Peterson said tomorrow’s Clear Creek Trail cleanup will take “a good half-day” and volunteers do not need to bring their own tools, but gloves are recommended. The Clear Creek Task Force will provide the gravel, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows.

“I hope that we’ll have everything done that was damaged,” Lewis said. “We’ll continue to work on it as time goes on.”

Volunteers will gather at about 10 a.m. tomorrow at the south end of Schold Road. People can park just south of the skateboard park and walk to Schold Road. For more information or to let the task force know you want to help repair the Clear Creek Trail, e-mail clearcreektrail@yahoo.com.

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