Annual Fryingpan cleanup on April 28 |

Annual Fryingpan cleanup on April 28

BASALT – The Roaring Fork Conservancy is hosting two events later this month – one to show off spectacular midvalley open space, and the other to clean up the Fryingpan River corridor.

The Basalt Open Space Bike Tour will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. The free event will start at Old Pond Park next to the Taqueria restaurant in Basalt. Staff from the Conservancy as well as Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and Basalt will lead the tour of properties that have been protected over the last 15 years. Bikes and helmets are required on what will be a 5-mile tour on relatively flat terrain.

“Hear the history of these unique places and learn what is envisioned for the future of open space near Basalt,” the Conservancy’s plug for the event said.

Advance registration is required by visiting

The Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 14th Annual Fryingpan River Cleanup day will be Saturday, April 28. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The event will kick off with a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Lions Park in the heart of Basalt. Participants should wear warm layers, gloves, long pants and a hat. They must supply their own sunscreen.

Prizes will be awarded for the garbage pulled from the river and the land along it. The categories are Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful and Most Unusual.

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