SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Clean-up crews were out in full force Saturday at Riverfront Park in Springfield, in an effort to rid the area of garbage and debris.
Pastor Jose Martinez of the Springfield Resurrection Center told 22News, “We come out to the riverfront, and we clean up the city so that people can take pride in their city. We bring the kids, and the seniors also.”
The Resurrection Center of Springfield hosted its 3rd annual Riverfront Clean-up project. They say the goal is not only to create better living, but a safer environment.
If you come down to the beach section at Riverfront Park, you’ll notice everything from plasticware to dirty wrappers floating in the water. That’s why residents and organizers say this clean-up is so important to the community.
And even if you’re not a resident, like Earl Condrington, who visits frequently from Brooklyn, New York, the clean park is a welcome surprise.
Condrington told 22News, “I’m definitely going to carry the news of my observations here in Massachusetts back to New York to spread the word. I think it’s a wonderful idea.”
And it’s that spread of word that’s led other organizations to start similar initiatives, helping to clean-up the city.
David Ewen of the Springfield Resurrection Center said, “We’re also showing the youth how to clean up their own neighborhood, and now we see that the youth that started with us three years ago, they’re more proud, they’re more diligent, and they’re actually participating with us even more than they were before. “
If you’ve been to Riverfront Park in the past, chances are you’ve seen empty bottles, and in some cases, maybe even needles. But now, next time you visit, you’ll notice a cleaner, safer place for you and your family.