Street cleanup, barbecue kick off the summer in Truckee |

Street cleanup, barbecue kick off the summer in Truckee

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun John DePew, Nick Myers, and Marshall Harvey of the Truckee High freshman football team line trash bags up on Donner Pass Road. An estimated 500 members of the community came out to pick up trash for the first-ever Clean Truckee Streets event.

More than 500 volunteers took to the streets Saturday to do a little spring cleaning in the first-ever “Clean Truckee Streets.”

“Truckee really came out in force,” said event coordinator Maia Schneider. “There were Boy Scouts on Glenshire Drive, senior citizens on the roundabout, high school students on the school grounds, and moms and dads and kids all over town.”Schneider said more than 500 people signed into the 20 check-in stations located all over Truckee. Many more people just walked “out their front doors and picked up garbage on their own,” she said. At Ames Deli Mart in Tahoe Donner, 170 volunteers came out, nearly doubling the people who have volunteered for Tahoe Donner’s clean up in the past, event organizers said. Neighborhood organizers Tip Chase, Matt Warren and Janet Mann joined Steve Ames in feeding the volunteers morning treats and handing out T-shirts. Ames said he fed a record Tahoe Donner crowd at their traditional barbecue that afternoon, and the mood was one of accomplishment.

“It was really great to see all those residents come out that morning,” Ames said. “A lot of people were saying ‘hi’ to each other for the first time this year, and everyone was looking forward to cleaning up the streets.” A 30-yard trash bin was filled with Tahoe Donner trash alone, according to event coordinators.

Local businesses picked up their share of trash, too. Sheryl Da silva of Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company said lumber yard employees picked up garbage behind Commercial Row, along Church Street and Trout Creek.”We had a blast. Everyone really got into the spirit and we had fun – and picked up a lot of trash.”The first town-wide block party was held Saturday night after the trash pick up with live music and a barbecue.

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