Earth Day - April 22, 2019
by Jim Gerrish
I cleaned up the small
park on Old Sanford Street as my April 15th Tea Party Day
project, so today, for my Earth
Day project, I will clean up the Clock Garden at the intersection
of Central Avenue and Evergreen Place (where Sanford Street
begins). I arrived at 10:20 AM and took photographs to show the
condition of the area and why it needed cleaning up.
As you can see, there was
a great deal of trash thrown beneath the bushes of the park,
especially at the Central Avenue end where people cross over from
the Rite Aid corner to the Extra Supermarket corner. Bottles,
broken glass, dead animals, cigarette butts by the hundreds, and
all kinds of paper scraps, in addition to broken branches covered
with dry pine needles which constitute a fire hazard. The little
white specks are flower petals that are falling from the city
cherry trees and don't last long enough to become a problem.
By eleven o'clock, I had
collected three bags full of trash to be disposed of.
I didn't have any rakes or equipment to deal
with the dead underbrush, but I brought much of it over to the
east side of the park so city workers could gather it up easily
and dispose of it before it could cause a fire.
The city trash can on the Rite Aid corner was
indisposed, so I left the bags in the recycle can. Arbor Day is
coming on Friday, April 26th this year, and I may have time and
energy for another project then.
Past Earth Days in East
Excuses: 2018 sick; 2017
rainy; 2016 sick