Saving the Boilers: Community cleanup planned

WASHINGTON CITY – Community members are invited to bring gloves and rakes and roll up their sleeves to help clean up a local landmark this weekend.

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve will host a community cleanup event at the Boilers, a unique artesian-fed pond with a rich local history. The Boiling Springs nonprofit group is working to preserve and protect the Boilers, and this community event is one step in that direction.

“Everyone who participates will get a ‘Save the Boilers’ T-shirt, and we have some really cool prizes to give away, too,” said Nicole Warner, Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve director.

Litter and garbage at the Boilers, Washington, Utah, date not specified | Image courtesy of Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve, St. George News
Litter and garbage at the Boilers, Washington, Utah, date not specified | Image courtesy of Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve, St. George News

Cleanup volunteers are asked to bring gloves, rakes, pruning shears and other gardening tools, along with a hat and sunscreen, and pitch in to help clean up the Boilers property. In addition to receiving a free T-shirt, participants will be eligible to win prizes, including a Dell laptop, his and her snowboards, passes to the Washington City Community Center, Green Springs Golf Course passes and Tuacahn tickets.

Bottled water and a light breakfast will be provided for volunteers.

Friday night, prior to the community cleanup, Desert Springs Ecoseum will host an information booth at the Washington City Chamber of Commerce’s July Movie in the Park, 6-9 p.m. at Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph St. During the event, attendees can learn more about the Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve and ways they can help save the Boilers.

The Chamber of Commerce event will begin at 6 p.m. and include a free ice cream social, pie eating contest, face painting and live music. There will also be an ice cream taste-testing competition, judged by Washington City’s “Shop Local” committee. Following these events, “Monsters University” will be shown on the outdoor screen. Admission is free.

To secure a specific T-shirt size for the Boilers community cleanup day, RSVP to [email protected]. For additional information about the Boiling Springs Ecoseum, visit the organization’s website.

Event details

  • Washington City Chamber of Commerce July Movie in the Park
    • When: Friday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.
    • Where: Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph St. in Washington
    • Admission: Free
  • Community cleanup at the Boilers
    • When: Saturday, July 12, 7:30 a.m.
    • Where: The Boilers property, located north of Interstate 15 in Washington, about 200 W. Buena Vista Blvd. (travel north on Main Street, go under the overpass and turn left on Buena Vista Boulevard; park in the dirt lot just north of I-15)
    • Admission: Free
    • Contact: Boiling Springs Ecoseum website | email | 435-705-1818

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  • Bo July 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    So let me get this straight. They’ve closed the Boilers to the public, but now they are going to open it so the public can participate in a clean-up event.
    Does this mean it will be open for swimming and swinging off a rope into the water like in years past?
    If not, the participants just got scammed.

    • NHW July 9, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      OR it can demonstrate to the City and the public at large that people still care about this place, that they want to take care of it and discourage the type of activity that got The Boilers fenced off in the first place. It is still a major water source for the irrigation in Washington City and has a lot of great history and sentimentality. If the citizens determine that they want to take care of it, and won’t tolerate people trashing the place then we can create some positive change! That’s the big idea anyway, C’mon join us BO! It’s gone be fun! 🙂 Love- The Chick leading the charge to SAVE THE BOILERS!

  • St G Wizard July 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Yeah! I wanna go down there and throw some garbage in there too! That place is a dump.

    • Veteran USMC July 10, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Thank goodness there are still people who care about where they live and want to preserve a nice environment. Thanks to those who participate and know that we live in a great place. I have been in business here for 30 years and still here compliments from outsiders who comment on how clean the area is. It’s only the people in the community that can make a difference. It’s better than watching as cities like Detroit go down the tubes. Seems like no matter what positive comments are on social media someone always has to trash stuff. I’ve been around the world and served my country, I’ve seen poverty and trashy areas. Thank goodness for people who have the guts to step up and clean up.

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