, Newburyport, MA

April 17, 2013

Regional cleanup planned for April 27

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Spring brings with it a host of clean-up initiatives and this year the Newburyport Parks Commission, the towns of Salisbury and Amesbury and the Coastal Trails Coalition will team up in a regional effort to prepare the area for a busy outdoor season.

Newburyport’s annual Clean Sweep and Salisbury’s cleanup activities along Salisbury’s rail trail network will both take place Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Amesbury’s volunteers will gather in the Lower Millyard at Bartley Machine and Manufacturing’s parking lot (35 Water St.), then spread out on the Powwow Riverwalk. Organizers will provide trash bags and ask volunteers to bring weed wackers, clippers, rakes and gloves, and wear long sleeves and heavy shoes or boots. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed and welcome. Stop & Shop will provide refreshments.

On Salisbury’s side of the Merrimack, volunteers will clean up both the Old Eastern Marsh Trail and the Ghost Trail. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Lion’s Park for coffee coordination. Groups will go to the Rabbit Road and Bartlett Street entrances of the Ghost Trail and to the Friedenfels Street entrance of the Marsh Trail. Workers will return to Lion’s Park at 11:45 a.m. to finish by noon. Refreshments will include coffee, fruit, water and snacks. Organizers will provide trash bags, but ask that volunteers bring gloves and rakes.

Back in Newburyport the Parks Commission’s annual Clean Sweep kicks off at 9 a.m. at Cashman Park for a complimentary continental breakfast hosted by the Newburyport Mothers Club. From there they get site assignments and will fan out throughout the community to focus on the city’s parks and downtown areas, picking up trash, polishing bench plaques, spreading mulch and painting playground equipment and benches.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed and encouraged to pitch in. Litter-grabbers will be loaned out on a first-come basis by the Rotary Club of Newburyport. Organizers will also provide trash bags, latex gloves, rakes and other tools and recommend volunteers wear heavy shoes or boots and work gloves. The commission also asks any volunteers who can to bring yard tools such as rakes, wheelbarrows and tarps for cleaning up leaves, twigs and other yard debris to do so.

For more information, contact Lisë Reid at or 978-465-4462 or Lisa Pearson, Salisbury director of Planning and Community Development, 978-463-2266, or Jerry Klima, Coastal Trails, 978-465-5325, or Deborah Carey, or 978-388-5629.