Westfield Will Celebrate Earth Day with Volunteer Opportunities for All Ages
Monday, April 16, 2012 • 6:01am
In honor of Earth Day, Mayor Andy Skibitsky, Westfield’s town council, the town’s Green Team and The Friends of Mindowaskin Park are offering several opportunities to help beautify the town with clean-up events at several locations on Saturday morning, April 21, with a rain date of Sunday, April 22.
“I am very excited about the upcoming Westfield Earth Day. It's something that I hope to make an annual event,” said Skibitsky. “In the true spirit of volunteerism in the Westfield community, many people have eagerly signed on to pitch in to enhance the beauty of the town.”
In order to anticipate the number of volunteers, registration for clean-up at any location is requested (but not required); send your name or names and what location you plan to help at via e-mail to Mayor@westfieldnj.gov. Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of gloves and, if possible, a rake to one of the following locations where a member of the town council or Green Team will coordinate clean-up activities from 10 am until noon:
Grassy triangles on Benson Place at South Chestnut Street and at Salter Place
Gumbert Park (behind the ballfields)
Maryland Avenue at Grandview Avenue
Grove Street at Grandview Avenue
Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary (meet at 800 block of Summit Avenue)
Tamaques Park Picnic Area
Northside Train Station
Southside Train Station
In addition, beautification at Mindowaskin Park will be led that morning by The Friends of Mindowaskin Park, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that was founded in the early 1990s to revitalize and preserve the park. Clean-up and planting activities at Mindowaskin will begin at 9 am and will include coffee, juice and bagels for volunteers. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, rakes and tools to trim shrubs and plant. Meet at the Bandstand, located in the center of the park.
“It’s a nice way to meet other people who have similar interests,” said Debby Burslem, president of The Friends of Mindowaskin Park. She added, “The connections and the memories that are in this park really are forever. It’s an extension of what makes this community so wonderful.”
As part of the day’s festivities, the park’s new bandstand will be formally dedicated by Mayor Skibitsky at noon. The Friends of Mindowaskin Park are currently fundraising with granite pavers available for inscription to become part of a memory walk at the Bandstand. For more information, call 908-233-0028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.