People are invited to help with trail cleanup and maintenance work in Butte’s Thompson Park on Saturday, April 24.
The local effort, held in conjunction with April 22 Earth Day, is spearheaded by the Friends of Thompson Park. People of all ages are invited to meet at 10 a.m. at the first (Sagebrush Flats) gate, adjacent to Highway 2. Volunteers should bring gloves and be prepared to walk. The effort should last about four hours.
Activities will include garbage pickup, interior painting of the latrines, installation of interpretive and directional signage and clearing trails of downfall. The park officially opens May 1, when the lower gates will open.
For details, call Janet Axelson at 406-533-8541 or Jocelyn Dodge at 406-533-0727. Also, visit Friends of Thompson Park on Facebook.
Friends of Thompson Park is a multiple use organization that includes all users of the park whether you are a hiker, horseback rider, bicyclist, disc golfer, birder or anyone who has a desire to ensure the park is maintained for enjoyment by the public.
The park, located 10 miles south of Butte, encompasses 3,500 acres. It was established in 1922, and underwent rehabilitation in 2012 through grants from the Natural Resource Damage Program, Recreation Trails Program, and Forest Service funds. Over 25 miles of trails are available for non-motorized recreation including the Milwaukee Rail Trail that connects to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and three picnic areas.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.