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About 400 volunteers rolled paint, cleared trails and waterways, and finished a new playground in Monument Valley Park Saturday, April 26, 2014, as part of Colorado Springs' first Spruce Up the Springs event of 2014.

Volunteer Grace Han helps staple the lanscaping cloth in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteer Grace Han helps staple the lanscaping cloth in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Volunteers clear a trail in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helped in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers clear a trail in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helped in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Volunteers help spread pea gravel in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers help spread pea gravel in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Volunteers Tim Quinn, front, and Grace Han helps staple the lanscaping cloth in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers Tim Quinn, front, and Grace Han helps staple the lanscaping cloth in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Teach for America volunteers Tim Quinn, left, and Katie Parvin help spread pea gravel in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Teach for America volunteers Tim Quinn, left, and Katie Parvin help spread pea gravel in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Teach for America volunteers Tim Quinn, left, and Molly Coyne help other volunteers move mulch into the new playground in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helps in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Teach for America volunteers Tim Quinn, left, and Molly Coyne help other volunteers move mulch into the new playground in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helps in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Teach for America volunteers Tim Quinn, left, and Katie Parvin help spread pea gravel in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Teach for America volunteers Tim Quinn, left, and Katie Parvin help spread pea gravel in the new playground at Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people volunteered. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Volunteers move mulch into the new playground in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helps in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers move mulch into the new playground in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helps in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Volunteers move mulch into the new playground in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helps in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers move mulch into the new playground in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 people helps in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Volunteers from Comcast paint the bathrooms in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 volunteers help in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park.  Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers from Comcast paint the bathrooms in Monument Valley Park as part of the first Spruce Up the Springs volunteer day of the season Saturday, April 26, 2014. About 400 volunteers help in the park. The City of Colorado Springs will organize park beautification projects every third Saturday of the month through September. The next volunteer day is May 17, 2014, in Palmer Park. Anyone interested in volunteering may visit www. springsgov.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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