Great American Cleanup sweeps city

Thomas Garcia

City and Chamber of Commerce officials are coordinating three community beautification projects in an effort to promote Tucumcari.

“It takes all of us to make our town beautiful,” Cathy Estrada, the city’s code enforcement officer said.

This year’s cleanup has three projects organized by Estrada, Carole Keith and Tucumcari MainStreet.

Estrada said she will run the cleanup at the fitness course next to the Quay Apartments. Tucumcari MainStreet will be painting another gas station on West Route 66 by the Paradise Motel and Keith will organize the cleaning of Dunn Park.

“This is the sixth year I have been a part of the cleanup,” Estrada said. “It has come a long way since its start.”

Estrada said the community’s increased involvement helps make the clean up a success every year.

“In the beginning it was my family and I operating the entire cleanup,” Estrada said. “Thanks to the increasing volunteers every year, we get more done.”

City Manager Bobbye Rose said the cleanup benefits the city’s economic development and tourism.

“These projects help to increase the community’s pride in their city,” Rose said.

Estrada said the city receives state and federal funding for the cleanup projects. She said local sponsorship has been a large part of the cleanup’s success.

“We have 25 local sponsors this year,” Estrada said. “I am so thankful for all they donate to the cleanup. We would not have come as far as we have if not for our local business support.”

Estrada said the three projects will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. She said the volunteers will meet at the fitness course to be divided into groups for the projects.

“We need the community to come out and help with these projects,” Estrada said. “It cannot be the responsibility of a certain group to make Tucumcari beautiful.”