May 14, 2010

Final Score! Rain: 0, Volunteers: 12

Rain vs. Greenway Volunteers
Final Score! Rain: 0 Volunteers: 12

In a surprising upset victory, greenway volunteers triumphed over rainy weather conditions last Saturday, May 8th. When the rain set in just before 10:00AM, the Columbia Greenway Clean-up was cancelled…but only briefly! A trickle of volunteers began to arrive shortly afterward, indifferent to the weather and ready to take action, and the hastily-posted cancellation flyer was quickly removed from BGI’s office door.

With the rain still spitting, the eager first wave of volunteers set out to weed and pick up litter along the Greenway route. More reinforcements kept arriving, and soon volunteers began chipping away at the heap of mulch at Columbia Street and Degraw Street. The mulch was distributed in tree pits along Columbia Street, and along the fence on the west side of the Greenway. All told, about a dozen volunteers, including kids, turned out to help. 

Kudos go to all of the volunteers who braved the rain, including those participating in the Yale Day of Service. Special thanks to Wylie Goodman from Partnership for Parks for providing mulch and tools, and also to our friends from Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, who did their part in helping to make this clean-up one for the record books!