People walk through Civic Center Park the morning after the 4/20 marijuana event was held at the park on April 21, 2017 in Denver. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Who trashed Civic Center? Park was clean after Denver 4/20 rally, organizers say

People passing through the park stop to help clean up the mess

Denver woke up Friday to piles and piles of trash covering Civic Center the morning after the annual 4/20 rally downtown.

The garbage was mostly strewn around trash cans and appeared to have been pulled out of bags and boxes that had been emptied and tossed aside.

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Rally organizer Miguel Lopez said volunteers were cleaning up the area around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night when a man went through the park, tearing up trash bags. When volunteers confronted him, Lopez said the man threatened them with a knife.

Organizers came back Friday to finish cleaning, he said. Their permit expires at 11:59 p.m., city parks officials said.

Early Friday, city workers took photos of the trash piles as people walking to their offices picked their way through the mess, some stopping to stare and take their own pictures. A worker mentioned that the park had been clean the night before.

Several thousand people spent Thursday in Civic Center for the annual 4/20 rally. The event included vendors, food trucks, the 4:20 p.m. marijuana smoke in and a 2 Chainz concert that ended around 6 p.m. The festival was scheduled to end at 8 p.m., organizers said.

Dawnarie Brook’s was out cleaning up the trash Friday morning. She had gone to the 4/20 rally yesterday and said the park was clean — although “it wasn’t immaculate,” she said, when she was leaving at about 8 p.m.

She left the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter this morning around 6:30 a.m. and was shocked when she reached Civic Center. She’s been cleaning at least one of the large garbage piles since, collecting trash into boxes because the city trash can was lying on its side. A passerby heard her talking about the situation and stopped to help stand the heavy trash can back up.

Brook’s said she was going to keep cleaning until that pile was gone, but would have to stop at that point because her back was in too much pain. For her, it was especially upsetting to see all of the recyclables that have been strewn around and rained on.

“Colorado is a green state,” she said. “It’s a very healthy state.”

Photo gallery from Thursday’s 4/20 rally:

DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Jose Alcala, of Denver supports his marijuana tie-dye shirt during the 4/20 event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Adam Solto, of La Veta, takes a hit as he relaxes in the sun during the 4/20 event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Pineapple Choppo, on vacation form Mississippi, joins others at the 4/20 marijuana event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Samantha Salazar sets up a booth for her company, Lunar Landings, during the 4/20 marijuana event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Marijuana themed clothing is popular during the 4/20 event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Dustin Creasy, of Denver, takes a hit during the 4/20 event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20:  Co-owner of Airlounj,  an inflatable air lounge company, Don Siegel, inflates a special marijuana inspired air lounge for Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) Owner of Rasta Culture Gift Shop Elliott Awatt organizes his table at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Molly Jones representing UBER talks with 420 festival goers and passes out coupons for $4.20 off of an UBER ride at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Glassware smoking products from the Highlander company out of Ft. Collins for sale at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Festival goer, Denver native Paulette Cordova, sporting a Cheech and Chong shirt, sets up her tent at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Festival goers dance at Civic Center Park during the annual 420 rally April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Festival goer Sherman Doyle shows of his extensive back tattoo at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Rachel Himes, left, gets wanded by a security official at the entrance to Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Festival goers wait in a long line to get into Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Festival goers wait in a security line to enter Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: “Carly” the chihuahua sports festive hat and vest at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Festival goer, Denver native Paulette Cordova, fires up a joint at Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) Chris Stokes, left, and Angel Zickefoose smoke marijuana during the 4/20 event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver.
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DENVER, CO - APRIL 20: Co-owner of Airlounj, an inflatable air lounge company, Don Siegel, inflates a special marijuana inspired air lounge for Denver's 420 rally at Civic Center Park April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

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