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Lake: Garfield Lake

South Denver Lake Cleanup (redux)-Sunday, November 24th

Post By: Opry99er      Posted: 11/16/2013 8:52:31 AM     Points: 595    
Hey guys. This is the new signup thread for the (now) rescheduled South Denver Lake Cleanup. Pizza is on me, Tom will be bringing some supplies as well, and hopefully Chad will still be able to make it.

Had to reschedule due to scheduling conflicts with Denver Parks and Recreation, but they have agreed to lend full support for NEXT Sunday with garbage grabbers and trash bags. They have also agreed to a supplemental trash pick-up day.

So basically here's how it's going to work. At 10:00 AM, we will meet at 3033 W. Alameda (my place of business) in the parking lot. It is centralized to the lakes we will be hitting for cleanup. Depending on attendance, we may split the group into teams and hit up each of 3 lakes (reduced from 4 previously) separately. If there aren't enough participants to split into teams, we will travel to each lake as a group and collect garbage independently.

The Cleanup will go until 12-1 or so, then we will go to Huston Lake for pizza, snacks, award "ceremonies", and some fishing!


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

*Most Trash collected (by weight)
*Largest piece of garbage collected (like a car door off a 78 Gremlin)
*Strangest piece of garbage collected (like a bronze statue of Jimmy Carter)

All participants will receive a fly of their choosing, and the prizes given for the preceding categories will be fishing gear (new lures and other goodies)


Lakes to be Targeted:

1) Huston Lake Park
2) Vanderbilt Park
3) Garfield Lake

The picture here is of (4) lakes... the southwestern-most lake has been removed from the Cleanup efforts (Harvey Park)


Please post to this thread if you intend on attending... This will not be rescheduled again. This Cleanup will take place on November 24th, come rain, shine, snow, sleet, hellfire, Armageddon, or the "cows coming home".... Please sign up for a good cause, guys... You're guaranteed pizza and a free piece of fishing gear for your efforts.

I thank you, and I have spoken with Tina Meyers at Denver Parks and Recreation and she was very excited and grateful for the efforts of FXR on the behalf of these wonderful south Denver lakes.
 Reply by: Wattzz      Posted: 11/16/2013 10:28:26 AM     Points: 12357    
Count me in still
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/16/2013 10:34:45 AM     Points: 595    
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 11/18/2013 8:03:42 AM     Points: 5257    
I may be able to come down with my boys, 12 and 15. We are supposed to assemble Thanksgiving baskets for needy vets at the VFW that afternoon so I may not be able to stick around for the awards.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/18/2013 3:43:52 PM     Points: 595    
Hey, that'd be great... You'd at least get your door prizes and pizza. =)

Would love to have ya.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/18/2013 3:52:23 PM     Points: 595    
Okay, we all know how well our beloved weather men predict the weather, but I'll go ahead and post the forecast.

Thursday: 31 degrees (cloudy/snow)
Friday: 35 degrees (cloudy/snow)
Saturday: 39 (sunny)
Sunday: 52 (partly cloudy)

Looks we'll be hittin' it at JUST the right time. Can't ask for much better than that, this time of year.

Let's go guys, free flippin' pizza and fishing gear!!! =) Never know... you might catch a state record one day out of these ponds...
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 11/19/2013 11:38:23 AM     Points: 153208    
I'll see ya there Owen, bright eyed and bushy tailed. I also probably can't stay much past 12:30. Got an early Thanksgiving thing I gotta go to.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/19/2013 9:41:08 PM     Points: 595    
Great... thanks man. I think I have enticed a friend to sign up here and join us at the cleanup.

Good times!!
 Reply by: peterng0      Posted: 11/20/2013 1:55:48 PM     Points: 26    
Hey Opry! I made the account finally. I'll most likely try to join you guys. Is anyone organizing a carpool or anything to get to the locations?
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 11/20/2013 2:35:23 PM     Points: 25840    
I'll try to be there.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/21/2013 1:28:16 AM     Points: 595    
Awesome, DJ!!! Hope to see you!


Hey Pete!!! Welcome to FXR!!! Glad you decided to get an account here. There are many excellent tools for a curious and active fisherman here.

Okay... on to the Cleanup. We will be meeting at my work the morning of. We can park there, get set up with teams/partners and ill have maps for everyone. If we have enough participation, we will have one team per lake. If not, we will all head to each lake, one after the other. At noon we will be giving away prizes and eating pizza. After that, if anyone is interested, we can fish the lakes. The primary lake (where we will eat pizza and have the giveaway) has Gill, LMBs, common carp, and channels... Huston lake.

Anyway, supposedly getting all the materials from DPR Thursday (tomorrow) so this should be fun!!

Thanks guys.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/22/2013 5:12:11 PM     Points: 595    
Was supposed to get a visit from DPR today to get some materials for the cleanup... She did not come by, nor did she return my call.

Guess I'm buying bags for the cleanup.

No worries, it'll be a good time regardless. =)
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 11/23/2013 3:53:30 PM     Points: 153208    
I can bring some bags too. See everyone tomorrow morning. All are still welcome if you can find the time.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/23/2013 6:57:10 PM     Points: 595    
10:00-10:30

3033 W. Alameda Ave, big red building. Ill be going to Thornton at 8 AM to drop off my daughter, and then ill be there.

We will head first to Garfield Lake... from there, we will go to Vanderbilt Lake and then Huston. There are not enough participants to split into teams, but awards all still apply.

I'll have everything ready, and we will have fun!!

One other favor, if anyone has a hanging scale to weigh our bags, that will be most useful.

Thanks guys... should be fun.

Any issues, call my cell tomorrow. 720 eight ten twenty eighty.

 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/24/2013 12:00:24 AM     Points: 595    
10 hours!!

Just got all the giveaway prizes together... including several new-in-box lures. Please show if you can. I hope to give ALL this stuff away!!!
 Reply by: Get The Net!      Posted: 11/24/2013 8:20:28 AM     Points: 48    
I will be there.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/24/2013 8:36:52 AM     Points: 595    
Cool... look forward to seeing everyone. Not sure how much fishing ill be able to do after, because I need to pick up my daughter, but we will do something. :)
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/24/2013 3:32:42 PM     Points: 595    
Epic day... there was a great turnout for the cleanup and we collected a TON of garbage from two metro fisheries.

Ill post a full recap tomorrow along with pictures and such.

Thanks to everyone for your help and hard work, guys... great time had by all.
 Reply by: Wattzz      Posted: 11/24/2013 3:37:56 PM     Points: 12357    
Glad to help "fins up"
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 11/24/2013 4:34:19 PM     Points: 1679    
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 11/24/2013 5:34:10 PM     Points: 5257    
A great morning to give back to our fisheries while getting to meet a few of the hoodlums from here. ). I'm looking forward to a follow up event in the future.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/24/2013 6:13:03 PM     Points: 595    
It was cold but the guys did great. When we do the followup, it'll probably be mid Spring. :) We will actually do some fishing next time... Sorry I had to bounce out of there after the pizza, guys. Our planned babysitter fell through, so I had to ask my Uncle last minute to watch her and he had some stuff to do at 1:00.

Still a great time, and it was truly my pleasure meeting you all.
 Reply by: Get The Net!      Posted: 11/24/2013 6:46:17 PM     Points: 48    
We picked up a lot of trash!
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: 11/24/2013 7:38:18 PM     Points: 1316    
Great job to all. Feels good doesn't it!
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/24/2013 8:00:28 PM     Points: 595    
Nice pix!!

I have a bunch I'll post tomorrow too. Ill do a write up and post the pix.
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 11/24/2013 9:12:28 PM     Points: 153208    
Yep, had a good time, met some fine folks and got to see some great little lakes in the area. Thanks for organizing this Owen and to the guys who helped clean up. I'll see you all next spring or summer. Or hopefully sooner to ice fish together.
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 11/24/2013 9:24:27 PM     Points: 5257    
I guess I could post a pic. Lol
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/25/2013 8:54:49 AM     Points: 595    
It was cold... probably low 20s when we started yesterday morning. There was skim ice on Garfield Lake and snow on the ground. We split into two groups at the first lake, each heading around the lake in opposite directions. Picking up the trash we could see and break out from the ice sheet, my team worked east and the other crew worked west. It's a relatively small lake, but it is long and has quite a bit of accessible shoreline, so the first lake took us over an hour to complete. When we met on the south side of the lake, we crisscrossed and kept going so that we could see (going in the opposite direction of the other team) what was missed on the first pass. We collected several bags from the first lake, and really made a difference.

*Pic 1: Skim ice
*Pic 2: My son picking up trash from the shoreline
*Pic 3: Some "weird" items found

-An arrow
-An ice rod
-A crayon-shaped water squirter
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/25/2013 8:55:38 AM     Points: 595    
We picked up Garfield Lake, guys... It's a thousand times better than it was.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/25/2013 8:58:31 AM     Points: 595    
Then we moved to Vanderbilt, and were stunned by all the garbage there... It's as though DPR doesn't even acknowledge its existence... we found an unbelievable amount of junk and garbage... More than we could have ever picked up in a day... but we DID get a freaking TON up... The pic doesn't show it, but there's double the garbage in this pic than at Garfield, and it took half the time.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/25/2013 9:00:51 AM     Points: 595    
After the two lakes, we went to Huston Lake to celebrate and give out awards... Awards for the largest and weirdest trash were handed out and then everyone got to take home some lures and flies... Pizza was hot, and somehow... the geese ended up with some extra pizza crust.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 11/25/2013 2:36:47 PM     Points: 1679    
Pretty cool what just a few guys can do in short order.
Thanks to all of you.
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 11/25/2013 2:41:07 PM     Points: 103    
Right on! Thanks. :)

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