Even though it looked like rain all morning and it was cold and windy, we had a great turnout of volunteers on Earth Day. State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley joined Lillie Clay of the Fairground Neighborhood Association to clean up the native plant parkspace that the St. Louis-based landscape architecture and urban design studio dtls helped create previously. Some folks from dtls joined residents from the community, Sal Martinez from the North Newstead Association and others that were there including Sundy Whiteside. In Whiteside’s own words, “We had awesome volunteers come out–young and older. Some came with tools, and some came with their own Bobcat.” Thanks to everyone that came out and helped!
Community Clean Ups like this are part of our North Newstead Neighborhood Safety Initiative. These activities are designed to allow residents and ex-offenders to make positive contributions to their communities. The Community Development Administration, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, North Campus, Agape Christian Center, Operation Brightside, and residents partnered and came together to help make this a successful event in a series of Community Clean Up events and opportunities to get involved. Don’t forget to come out to our Community Improvement Project event on Wednesday, April 19th at the Clarence Clovers Community Garden and then our next Community Clean Up event on Saturday, April 22nd at the Warne Community Garden.
The Neighborhood Safety Initiative is funded by the Community Development Administration.