Cholla Pride

Cholla Pride

It all started when Steve and Patti Barker were seen picking up trash on the beach access between Xochitl’s and the boat ramp. During their week long escape from snowy Colorado to their corner of Paradise in Cholla Bay, the Barkers picked up at least 18 bags of trash on the driving beach access along the estuary, plus lots of stuff that was too big for trash bags! They met lots of nice people, some of whom helped with the pick up, others donated garbage bags to the cause, while others cheered them on. At the end of the week, that area of Cholla looked better than ever!

Patti suggested “Adopt A Manzana,” or a street, or something that addresses the ongoing problem of trash in Cholla. Steve and Patti actually had fun cleaning up the beach access, and everyone loved the way it looked when it was done! Take Pride in Cholla was formed, and is off to a great start, with Vecinos board of directors approval to purchase garbage bags for community cleanup, and three willing and able volunteers.

Patti and Steve Barker and Gretchen Ellinger are looking for ideas and people to help reach the goal of an ongoing cleanup effort that makes our community nicer looking, safer, and more inviting. Please send email suggestions to Patti at patti041062@bresnan.net or to Gretchen at
gcellinger@yahoo.com. Ideas so far include adopt a street, adopt a manzana, a day a month to beautify Cholla, outreach to locals on the beaches with garbage bags and education, adopt a school who will adopt a beach. In addition to help with picking up trash, we also need organizers, people to call people to help them remember their commitments,
etc. There’s room for everyone to help! If you don’t have e-mail, contact Gretchen at 602-412-3311.