CHEYENNE – Residents throughout the community participated Saturday in the second annual Cheyenne Day of Service, an extension of the annual Day of Giving.

Mowing, staining, removing trash – the day was about helping a neighbor or getting together to help beautify the city.

Staff from West Edge Collective, a Cheyenne-based marketing, branding and creative technology agency, mowed and cleaned up trash along the west edge of 15th Street near the railroad tracks.

Chad Willett, founder and managing director of West Edge Collective, said his group had seen a lot of garbage in that area.

“You can see 20 bags of garbage we picked up from this area alone,” Willett said. “This being our backyard right here, we wanted to make sure (the grass) comes up green and doesn’t have a lot of trash running around in there.”

Members of the 153rd Command and Control Squadron from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, a unit of the Wyoming Air National Guard, spent their Saturday staining fences at Romero Park in the southwest side of the city.

“We saw an announcement in (the Wyoming Tribune Eagle) a couple of weeks ago about the Cheyenne Day of Service, so we volunteered to see what we could do to give back to the community,” Dave Ziegelbauer said. “We’re out here staining and beautifying the place. It’s great for us to do something outside of work that is also good for our community.”

The group would continue to stain fences at the park as long as the materials held out, Ziegelbauer said.

At Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the west side of town, 12 volunteers from Compassionate Cheyenne were working to clean up trash.

Rick Veit, a Compassionate Cheyenne board member, was picking up trash along with his two daughters, Elaina, 10 and Lucy, 8.

“We’re finding a lot of little stuff all around, everything from pieces of paper to cigarette butts,” Veit said. “We’re crawling underneath bushes to find stuff. We’re going down to the river area, too. You wouldn’t guess just looking around here, but there is a lot of stuff.”

Lucy added, “It feels good to clean up the city.”

The City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities, Rotary Club of Cheyenne, Trout Unlimited and Wyoming Inland Ocean Coalition worked to clean up Crow Creek, the primary source of Cheyenne’s drinking supply until the 1930s.

Rotary Club member Claire Davis was among those taking out the trash from the creek.

“It’s a beautiful day to be working out in the sun,” Davis said. “We just wanted to work to make Cheyenne a better place. I think it’s important for all citizens to be involved as much as they can – even taking care of your front yard and making it nice and neat. I think it’s a citizen’s responsibility.”

Among the items taken out of the creek, Davis said, was a trash can lid, a large cushion and a bicycle.

There’s still time to tell us about your project. Go online to https://www.wyomingnews.com/community/dayofservice/ and tell us about what you did. You can even upload a photo or two for possible publication in the WTE.

Steve Knight is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s local government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3182 or sknight@wyomingnews.com.

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