In a contrast with recent years, the weather smiled upon volunteers who showed up for the Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 5. People young and old gathered near the dog park at the Knoll and dispersed to several locations around the city to clean up trash that has accumulated over the past year.
As in previous springs, the Community Cleanup, sponsored by the Melrose Recycling Committee, was held in conjunction with the Ell Pond cleanup, an annual initiative of the Ell Pond Improvement Council. As MRC volunteers proceeded to the middle school and high school grounds, the skate park, and other locations, the Ell Pond group removed trash and brush from the pond’s shoreline and deployed an “armada” of two kayaks to remove garbage from the water itself.
Volunteers from both groups paid particular attention to the pond’s outlet near Main Street, where trash washed or thrown into the pond tends to gather. The cleanup of the outlet area was reported to be particularly challenging. As one of the pictures here shows, trash has also made its way to the nest of two swans who have taken up residence in Ell Pond.
Indeed, there was much to do, even though a Facebook-organized group had done some cleanup around the city the weekend before.
In addition to cleaning up the school grounds and some of the public spaces around the immediate vicinity of Ell Pond, a group of volunteers drove over to the Swain’s Pond and Penney Road area and picked up several bags of trash there.
Many thanks to the volunteers who showed up on May 5–and to the groups of residents who were active the weekend before. And as always, many thanks to the Melrose Department of Public Works for its support for these cleanup efforts. Here’s hoping that many more people in Melrose can step up to help the city remain clean.