Mar 21, 2010 8:45 AM by John Romero

Homeless camp cleanups underway

With the No-Camping Ordinance in full effect, the faces of the creek beds around Colorado Springs are beginning to change. Earlier this week we showed you an abandoned campsite near America the Beautiful Park. Where syringes once laid, now geese now scamper around for the first time in a long time. "We're known for our great trail system and the great scenery that we have." says Officer Brett Iverson with CSPD's Homeless Outreach Team, "I think it's great and I think the pubic appreciates being able to use the trail and not look at a bunch of camps or trash fro that matter."

Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful and police have been spearheading the cleanup efforts. Everyone involved agrees the biggest win comes with hundreds of homeless getting off the street and into support programs. "(The homeless are getting) Jobs, bus tickets, different areas of housing and even long term housing. It's been incredible." says Iverson.

As the cleanups continue the hope is everyone can once again enjoy the natural beauty of the paths all along the creek. "Folks have been hesitant to use it lately." explains Dee Cunningham with Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, "Now I see people coming down already that are getting really excited to come back out."

Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful is conducting a community wide cleanup of the Fountain Creek creek beds on May 1st. News First 5 will have more information on that for you when it's released.



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