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Warm Weather Brings Early Clean-Up to Johnson Park

BRO Submission by Marilyn Rodgers

On
Friday, April 24th, Johnson Park was picked up and cleaned up due to
the efforts of two organizations. 
The early morning dew was still fresh on the grass as 30+ members of
Hutch-Tech High School’s Junior ROTC group made their way along the turf with
bags and happy hearts, picking up all litter and debris left over from the
winter.

When
speaking with three of the volunteers they expressed the need to become part of
the solution to assure a clean turf for their group to utilize as a parade
ground after school as well as an area for young children to play,
uncompromised by the litter and waste. 
Additionally, the Hutch-Tech track team and the Physical Education
Department utilize the park during school hours.  In the words of First Sergeant Frazier, the group attempts
this clean up every year.

Later
in the day, Buffalo LeaderShape AmeriCorps Members from the Belle Center on
Maryland Street came along to remove additional debris such as fallen tree
limbs and large branches that would impede regular maintenance by the
City/County Parks Department’s efforts.

The
park was also provided two totes for weekly litter pick up by the residents of
the area. 

“This
is what partnering for better communities is all about,” said a spokesperson of
the West Village Renaissance Group. 
“Every year we are assisted by some club or organization from Hutch-Tech
and, as recently as the past two years, Buffalo LeaderShape AmeriCorps has
provided the brawn behind the major debris removal.  It used to be an effort by local residents, but these young
people are our community leaders of tomorrow and they’re taking the bull by the
horns in assisting the surrounding areas in spring and fall clean-ups.

This
year, they were able to get the deed done way before the normal schedule, due
to greatly improved weather.  The
residents thank them, sincerely, and look forward to other projects in the
future, for the Lower West Side as well as the entire city.

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