YONKERS, NY — April 15, 2017 — It’s the quintessential Earth Day event, and a perennial rite of spring. On Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Groundwork Hudson Valley will host the 8th annual Great Saw Mill River Cleanup. More than 300 volunteers will gather at 8 sites throughout the Saw Mill River watershed to clear trash from the river and save trees by cutting invasive vines. Join in at any one of several sites, from Yonkers to Elmsford, and bring friends and family for a fun day of rewarding outdoor work.
This year’s Great Saw Mill River Cleanup is a true community partnership between businesses, government, and citizens. Local businesses have stepped up as sponsors, ensuring the continuation of not only this cleanup, but monthly Free-A-Tree vine clearings throughout the winter and the creation of new recreation areas along the river near the Saw Mill Parkway’s North Farragut Avenue exit in Hastings-on-Hudson. Lead sponsors are Rivertowns Square, the Danforth Apartments, Ginsburg Development, and, new at Rivertowns Square, Chopt and iPic Theaters. Other key sponsors include Yonkers Tennis Center, Saw Mill Auto, and San Signs. Many local companies are sending groups to volunteer, along with civic and school groups. Local and state agencies are taking care of hauling away the trash from each of the sites.
Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have taken part in this event, and have significantly improved the look and health of the river. Last year alone more than 7,000 pounds of trash were removed from the river.
This year’s sites include Van der Donck Park at the Daylighting in Yonkers; Walsh Road and War Memorial Field in Yonkers; Hearst Street in Yonkers along the South County Trailway; Lawrence Street in Ardsley along the South County Trailway; Bridge Street Plaza in Ardsley; Farragut Avenue in Hastings along the South County Trailway; and Woodlands Lake in Irvington along the South County Trailway.
Groundwork will provide tools, gloves, and supplies. Participants should bring water and wear long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes.
To register and get more information on the sites, email Nathan Hunter at Nathan@groundworkhv.org, call 914-375-2151, or visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/groundwork-hudson-valleys-great-saw-mill-river-cleanup-438918069. Registration is not required.
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Groundwork Hudson Valley is an environmental non-profit that works with communities in the region to provide on-the-ground, grassroots initiatives that make spaces more livable and engaging.
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Signature programs include the Science Barge, Saw Mill River Coalition, Free-A-Tree vine-cutting, the Saw Mill River daylighting, Green Team summer employment program, Citizen Farmers, the Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market, and the Yonkers Greenway.