COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs Youth Sports is holding its annual TreeCycle event to reduce tree waste, provide free mulch and support youth sports.
"It started 15 years ago and it's a partnership with El Paso County, the city of Colorado Springs Park and Rec Department, Colorado Springs utilities and others and it's a great program. Lots of people donate their time and energy to put it together," said Steve Czarnecki, the executive director, El Pomar Youth Sports Park.
It is free to drop off a tree. If you wish to donate, all proceeds will go toward benefiting the Colorado Springs Youth Sports, which is a charitable nonprofit organization that operates the El Pomar Youth Sports Park.
"They (donations) support the El Pomar Youth Sports Park and our operations of 18 athletic fields down in the south part of the city. They also support each of the volunteer groups that man our six collection sites around town," Czarnecki said.
Trees and donations will be accepted at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, Jan, 1, 7 and 8.
Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway)
Falcon Trailhead (SW of Woodmen Road & McLaughlin Road)
Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Blvd. & Montarbor Drive)
Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Road & Tutt Blvd.)
Rock Ledge Ranch (Gateway Road & 30th Street)
Memorial Park (Pikes Peak Avenue & Union Blvd.)
Trees and donations can also be made at Rocky Top Resources, located at 1755 E. Las Vegas Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.mn to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Dates include Dec. 27-30 and Jan 3-31. Rocky Top Resources is closed on Sundays.
All decorations must be removed from trees before drop-off. When you drop off a tree, you can receive free mulch, while supplies last.
This TreeCycle event is in partnership with El Paso County, the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Rocky Top Resources and the Colorado Springs Gazette.