COLORADO SPRINGS — Halloween is creeping up on us and Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs will get in on the fun with its annual “Ghouls and Stools Day”!
The county is looking for volunteers for the event, which takes place Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
As its name suggests, “Ghouls and Stools Day” focuses on clearing pet waste from the popular dog park. The county says every year, participants pick up hundreds of pounds of pet waste.
“[It’s] utterly important! A piece of bear creek runs through [the park] and in order for us to have [it] open we need to have it clean,” said Marc Schendzielos, a member of Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park.
According to the county, pet waste contains nutrients and disease-bearing organisms, which, if left behind, can contaminate lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.
And it won’t be all work at Saturday’s event, dogs can participate in costume contests and compete for prizes!
Bags, buckets and rubber gloves will be provided, but volunteers will need to bring their own shovels.