Cleaning up Kiley Park

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Before and after:


At 10:00 am on Saturday, April 18, members of the East Lynn Community Project converged on Kiley Park to rid its  children's playground, baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts of winter debris and litter.  As the days get warmer and clean-up projects build momentum across the city of Lynn, the folks of ELCP come every first and third Wednesday of the month to clean up Kiley Park. Now, with the commencement of National Volunteer week (April 19-25), they are ramping up their efforts by holding weekend cleanups.

This past Saturday's cleanup consisted of about a dozen residents and members of the ELCP who want to make the city of Lynn and their neighborhoods a better place to live. A youth baseball team practicing on the field also pitched in.

Sue, one of the leaders of ELCP told me how she had picked up six pounds of broken glass mixed in with the mulch that covers the children's playground. Much work still needs to be done to make Kiley Park a safe and beautiful place in which to play, and the ELCP hopes to engage the city of Lynn and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The next weekend clean-up is scheduled for Sunday morning, April 26, at 10:00 am. Take pride in Lynn and be there!

More before and after pictures.


Strawberry Park 4eva

Just prior the new year, I decided to see what Strawberry park looks like now, after the clean-up in August. As you can see, this picture was taken before the recent snowfalls. I was happy to see a boy and his mother playing on the newly painted basketball court. On the tennis courts, youths played a friendly game of soccer.

The overgrown weeds surrounding the perimeter of the park were gone.  Although the basketball nets were not hung, a colorful mural was painted on the court, a marked improvement from the various tags scribbled on it prior to the clean-up.  The boy's mother said that someone had been coming once a week or so to maintain the improvements to the park.

Part of the Solution youth council, Straight Ahead Ministries, the Lynn DPW and the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) were among the groups who participated in this park restoration.




See what the electrical box below looked like before the cleanup.






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