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The Salida Sunrise Rotary Club will be coordinating 2020’s Holiday Park. This annual Salida community tradition lets anyone adopt a Christmas tree at Riverside Park to decorate for their business, non-profit or in remembrance of a loved one. The proceeds from the park are used to fund scholarships. This year’s Holiday Park will comply with all Chaffee County Public Health guidelines.

On Friday, October 16, adoption application cards will be sent to all previous participants to encourage participation again this year. Additional adoption application cards are also available at the Salida Chamber of Commerce located at 406 West U.S. Highway 50, Salida, or online at the Salida Sunrise Rotary website.

Janet Franz and Cecil Rhodes are this year’s coordinators. Rhodes said “a huge thank you goes to “the Sisterhood” who have created a hugely popular annual event and they have provided us with tremendous support to help guide us in the planning of this year’s event.”

As in previous years, Holiday Park will allow individuals to “Adopt a Tree” through the adoption application cards or by filling out a form found in the Mountain Mail. Those interesting in volunteering can call Cecil Rhodes at 214-493-8157.

Volunteers are responsible for set up and takedown. At 9 a.m. on November 2, volunteers will take the trees from the Touber Building to Riverside park. At 9 a.m. on November 3 and 10 a.m. November 4, volunteers will check the trees to make sure the lights work. “If someone has extra hours and would like to help, we’d appreciate it,” Rhodes said.

Salida Sunrise Rotary Club gives a special thanks to Altamont Landscaping, Chris Lake of Collegiate Peak Electric, The Mountain Mail, and Salida High School students for helping with Holiday Park.

Call Julie Richardson at 913-209-3960 with any questions regarding tree adoption. Completed applications may be mailed to PO Box 1092, Salida, CO 81201-1092.