A group of Bay Acres Colonia residents collaborated with the Sunnyside Fire District to clean an unmaintained alley in their neighborhood on Sunday, October 20.

According to Bay Acres resident Dorian Loreto, who organized the cleanup, “This was the beginning of a ‘Community Cleanup’ effort, created to beautify and preserve the Bay Acres Colonia in Cochise County without having to annex into the City of Douglas.”

Residents met up at the Sunnyside Fire District at 8:30 a.m. and were then led to the alley location, 30 minutes later.

Loreto added, cleanup volunteers provided their own tools and water.

He stated, the alley’s lack of maintenance over the years resulted in a vehicular inaccessible area. Yet, the residents and Sunnyside were able to reclaim the alley, ultimately clearing a path.

“A cleanup that initially intended to have a time limit of three hours, extended into a six hour cleaning marathon,” he said. “The Bay Acres community cleanup group did not falter until the job was complete. Thankfully, a resident donated their time and money to feed the satisfyingly exhausted group. The community clean up event ended with a well deserved Mexican style home cooked meal, coupled with discussions of future plans for their Colonia.”

Loreto stated the group’s main goal is to clean one alley per month, which will take 11 months total.

“With more volunteers, we might be able to restore two alleys per month,” he said. “It would be great if we could finish our timeline early and start assisting people with their private properties as well, but its all depending on the residents.”

The group’s next clean up is scheduled for Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Any volunteer is welcome to join this great opportunity for community service. Please supply your own tools. If people cannot participate their time, donations in the form of food, water, tools, gloves and yard cleaning supplies are always welcome.

For more information, contact Loreto at (520) 456-6906 or loretodorian@gmail.com.

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