On April 10th, at the Bay to St. James section of the Highland Division rail trail, the weather was perfect and 9 people turned out ready to work: Steve Gray and his amazing bobcat, his friend Susan, Liz and Mike Stevens, Neil Greene, Elizabeth Lederman, Pat Scahill, Tim Kirk, Ed Kelly and Tony Anthony.
With the help of the bobcat, a chainsaw, two weedwackers, a few other tools and some hard work, the trail is now passable to pedestrians and a truck. We hauled a nice pile of brush to the corner of Clifford and Bay which the DPW has agreed to pick up.
This work will allow us to proceed with the next phase of clean-up. This phase involves getting as much trash and debris as possible off the trail. We are hoping to enlist some volunteers (Boy Scouts, youth council and friends) on April 22nd to create piles of trash ready for pick-up. Then on April 24th, we will use trucks to haul the trash out to the street. Once again, the DPW has agreed to pick up whatever trash we haul out.
The final phase of the clean-up plan will take place on May 1, 2010 in conjunction with Keep Springfield Beautiful (KSB), the city wide clean-up. Once again, we will meet on the trail and haul out whatever trash we didn’t get on April 24th. KSB has agreed to put one of their dumpsters at the corner of Clifford and Bay for this purpose.
Anyone who wants to get involved in this clean-up is welcomed. Invite your friends and neighbors to join in turning this trail into a green space in the city. See the schedule below. Contact Liz Stevens, 736-2136 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Time Meeting location
4/22 10 am Clifford and Bay
Sat, 4/24 9am Bay St. entrance to the trail
Sat, 5/1 9am Bay St. entrance to the trail