Hidden Hollow in Sugar House gets cleaned up
Hidden Hollow is a natural footpath located along Parley’s creek at 1255 East 2100 South. Volunteers cleaned up the three-acre trail on April 21, as part of an Earth Day cleanup.
“It’s one of the few natural areas that we have inside the big city,” said Amanda Warner, lead volunteer coordinator. “It’s important to keep it cleaned up because there are animals living inside the creek.”Warner is a student at Westminster. She knew other student volunteers would appreciate having a natural site in close proximity to the college.
The cleanup was not exclusive to the school. Sugar House residents and patrons of The Living Planet Aquarium (725 East 10600 South) also showed up to lend a hand.
There were 16 volunteers who showed up at Hidden Hollow for the cleanup. After everyone signed in, they were given instructions and supplies to clean up the area. All the volunteers were also given name tags.
The name tags helped to make the cleanup easier and more social, Warner said. “No one had to say ‘hey you’ when they were talking.”
“It was a great way to spend the day and teach my kids about taking care of the earth,” volunteer Sarah Boynton said.
During the morning, volunteers collected many things out of Parley’s creek, including shoes, bricks and even rebar connected to a chunk of concrete.
“I can’t believe all the stuff we found,” Boynton said.
The Aquarium does many events for Earth Day. This was the first time it went to several locations.
In addition to the Hidden Hollow cleanup, The Aquarium hosted volunteer efforts at Jordan River Bird Reserve and at The Living Planet Aquarium.
“This year we just spread it out at multiple sites to get people all over Utah involved,” Warner said. “We had an excellent turn out.”