Sierra Vista, AZ. 07/29/16. Recently, Bob Gent noticed some trash had accumulated on a piece of vacant land west of Veterans Memorial Park. In most cases the story would stop there but Gent decided to take action.
Instead of ignoring the issue or simply informing the City or the Arizona State Land Department, which owns that parcel, Gent decided to volunteer to help. After filling out the necessary City waiver, Gent and his wife, Terrie, got some trash bags from the City of Sierra Vista Public Works Department and got to work. Soon they had filled 15 bags to be picked up by the City. But they didn’t stop there.
Bob and Terrie Gent decided to adopt the stretch of Fry Boulevard between Moorman Avenue and the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park. They’ve offered an ongoing commitment to keep this patch of Sierra Vista clean and even acquired a permit from the state to continue working just beyond the City’s right-of-way on the adjacent state land. As a member of the City’s Tourism Commission, Gent sees it as part of the effort to attract people to the City and offer them a positive experience while they’re here.
“We have an ideal climate and beautiful scenery in Sierra Vista but a visitor’s first impression can be tarnished by areas that sometimes fall through the cracks,” Gent says. “The best solution is often to simply step up and help out. The City and State Land Department have been very receptive to our effort.”
Bob and Terrie aren’t alone in their efforts to keep Sierra Vista beautiful; volunteers often pitch in to help spruce areas up. The West End Commission regularly hosts cleanup events and other local groups often do their part as well.
Partnering with the Arizona Department of Transportation, the City of Sierra Vista gave out and picked up 296 large trash bags filled by volunteers from January through June, 2016, as part of the Adopt-a-Street Program. The City currently has the following four streets available, in full or in part, for adoption:
• Avenida Cochise from Buffalo Soldier Trail to Coronado Drive (north side)
• Avenida Del Sol from Highway 90 south to the end of street
• Colonia de Salud
• Snyder Boulevard from Highway 92 to Avenida Del Sol
For more information about the City’s Adopt-a-Street Program, call the Sierra Vista Public Works Department at (520) 458-5775 or stop by the Pedro Castro Maintenance Center at 401 Giulio Cesare Ave.