COMMERCE CITY — After months of research, planning and pilot programming, Commerce City Council created a permanent Adopt-a-Street program.
The pilot program that helped spur action on a larger citywide program was launched in April after Landing PLace Church expressed a desire to help clean up Chambers Road between 104th and 120th avenues. The church group eventually agreed on formally picking up trash and debris on the last Saturday of April, June, August and October.
To aid their effort, city officials agreed to provide safety vests, gloves, trash bags, traffic signage and haul away for the trash collected by the group’s members.
On April 27, 13 volunteers worked for four hours to gather and bag trash along Chambers Road.
Following that initial test run, City Council requested the Public Works Department to develop a permanent Adopt-a-Street program in May, looking at similar programs in Brighton, Centennial, Arvada and a number of other Front Range cities, as well as researching how the Colorado Department of Transportation handles its program.
Going forward, any Commerce City family, business or service group can apply to be part of the program, providing they commit to a full year of street adoption with at least four cleanup dates each year.
The Public Works Department will be responsible for providing safety vests and garbage bags for Adopt-a-Street groups, as well as conducting safety meetings for the groups, providing trash pickup and disposal, inspection of the adopted areas and the erection of signs identifying the group’s contributions after a second successful cleanup.
A list of 39 road segments has been drafted by city officials to be adopted as part of the program, including:
• Quebec Street between 56th Avenue and Highway 2.
• Major portions of Havana Street between 96th and 120th avenues.
• Major portions of 96th Avenue from Interstate 76 to Buckley Road.
• 56th Avenue between Quebec Street and Brighton Boulevard.
Groups interested in participating in the new Adopt-a-Street Program should contact Commerce City Public Works at 303-289-8160 or visit the city’s website at www.c3gov.com for details.