Earth Day Cleanup Draws Over 60 Volunteers

28 Apr

Area 4 Junior Youth Empowerment Program ready for action.

Area 4 Junior Youth Empowerment Program ready for action.

There was great energy at the Earth Day Magazine Beach Cleanup yesterday, with over 60 volunteers at work making the place look much better. Thanks to the Area 4 Junior Youth Empowerment Program, the Riverside Boat Club, the Charles River Conservancy, the CRLS students, the many neighborhood folks, and Starbucks volunteers who assisted. Thanks are also due to DCR for whisking the trash away and for fixing several of the benches in the park!

Starbucks, thanks for sponsoring the cleanup and providing the hot coffee, t-shirts, and Starbucks Community Volunteers. Thanks also to the Charles River Watershed Association, who organize the overall, whole Charles River, Earth Day Cleanup. Our event was part of the larger one, which draws thousands of volunteers each April to clean up the riverbanks.

Along with liquor bottles, broken glass, cans, bottle caps and cigarette butts, we found a lot of strange things, including:  a man’s formal black shoe, a trench coat, a frying pan, a big bike lock, a corded telephone, hubcaps, headphones, VHS cassettes, and the plate from dumbbell…

We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day!

Youth Empowerment in action!

Youth empowerment in action!

Carl, one of Magazine Beach's regulars, cleans up around the powder magazine.

Carl, one of Magazine Beach’s regulars, cleans up around the powder magazine.

Hibih and Sophia from CRL in the bush. Lots of trash there...

Hibih and Sophia from CRL in the bush. Lots of trash there…

DCR at work fixing benches.

DCR at work fixing benches.

All the way from Dorchester, this group helped us last year, too!

All the way from Dorchester, this group helped us last year, too!

Andy and David and but one of our mounds.

Andy and David and but one of our trash mounds.

Some guys will go to extra lengths to remove litter.

Some guys will go to extra lengths to remove litter.

Brian Campbell triumphant.

Brian Campbell triumphant.

Cambridgeport neighbor Brian Campbell trash proud.
Over 60 volunteered. Thanks so Starbucks for sponsoring our event.

Over 60 volunteered. Thanks to Starbucks for sponsoring our event.

Niles and fellow rower from the Riverside Boat Club, also triumphant.

Niles and fellow rower from the Riverside Boat Club, also triumphant.

CNA Board Member Olivia Fiske and DCR's Director of Partnerhips Conrad Crawford, both at the park, pitching in.

CNA Board Member Olivia Fiske and DCR’s Director of Partnerhips Conrad Crawford, both at the park, pitching in.

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