It was a cold and rainy morning, but close to 100 volunteers came out to help beautify the neighborhood last Saturday. Stanton Heights residents, Comcast employees, the Best Buddies program, and Allegheny Cleanways teamed up to remove debris and trash from the green space at the corner of Stanton & Woodbine streets. A project of Comcast Cares Day, Stanton Heights will receive a donation from Comcast for each volunteer who attended. (official count TBD!)
What did we find in the woods? Here’s a short list:
- 8 tons (yes tons) of concrete
- 2 tons of mixed debris
- 1 ton of scrap metal
- 36 tires
- 28 contractor bags of garbage
- 44 contractor bags of invasive species (Japanese knotweed and mustard seed)
WOW! It’s clear that this site had been used as a dump for a long time, but not anymore! Soon, sings will be posted discouraging anyone (landscapers, contractors, etc.) from dumping their unwanted materials in our neighborhood.
In addition to cleaning up the debris, volunteers created a community compost bin, planted a flower bed at the corner, and children painted colorful birdhouses that will be placed on trees at a later date. This was truly a collaborative effort, all led by neighborhood resident Michael Sturges, who’s tireless efforts made this happen! If you see him or his wife Jennifer tending to the new flower bed or picking up trash at the site, please stop to say “Thank You“!
Community members have already expressed their delight at seeing the transformation of the lot. The next steps for the site include continued clean up (quite a bit of concrete remains), and discussions on the formation of a small park.
Community Meeting: The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting to talk about how to best use this neighborhood greenspace at the next meeting on Wednesday, May 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sunnyside Elementary.
We encourage you to share your thoughts on the clean up by commenting on this post. And, make sure to check out the photos below from Saturday’s event!