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Community turns out for Tucson Mountain Park cleanup

Community turns out for Tucson Mountain Park cleanup

CREATED Sep. 29, 2012

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a problem park and Saturday, community complaints were heard.

It's all part of a community cleanup at Tucson Mountain Park. The trail head is the source of neighboorhood complaints. Residents say the rural road is home to drinking and dumping; mixed up in the gravel is broken glass and empty spray cans--the adjoining parking lot is ridden with graffiti.

Nine Borgia-Aberle has lived in the area for 16 years. She reguarly walks the trail with her son, picking up random trash along the way.

"You know this is a beautiful place. Come use it for what it's meant for and not your partying," said Borgia-Aberle.

This weekend she had the help of Tucson Police, the Pima County Parks and Recreation Department and Cholla High School volunteers.

"We've been looking at a way to make this place look better [and] to send the message that we're willing to do something about it. We're willing to act on it and not just ignore the problem," said Tucson Police Officer, Isaac Granados.

Police will also add extra patrols overhead and on the road. They say it's part of an initiative to keep the area clean.

"To see the effort to clean it up and see the way it is now, you're seeing a difference--you're seeing that we're impacting in some way," said Granados.