Mayor Thomas Koch is proud to announce a call for community volunteers for the 30th annual celebration of Cleaner, Greener Quincy. The city-wide community clean-up will be held on Saturday May 4th at parks and open spaces throughout the city. The cleanup will take place from 9 am to noon and is followed by an appreciation cookout hosted by Mayor Koch at Pageant Field.
In past years, thousands of volunteers have cleaned school grounds, parks, playgrounds, marshes, and open space areas. Volunteers have planted flowers, shrubs, and trees. Countless yards of mulch have been spread and weeds and winter debris removed. Each year, this event has served as Quincy’s community-wide “spring-cleaning.”
“Quincy remains a beautiful place to live in part because of our residents’ commitment to keep it looking beautiful,” said Mayor Thomas Koch. “Whether it be their own properties or pitching in for community events like Cleaner, Greener Quincy, we have thousands of people committed to helping Quincy stay beautiful. As someone who has seen this program up close for each of its 30 years, I am extremely grateful for the hard work our resident put forth.
The City Department of Natural Resources (Park, Forestry, Cemetery, Recreation and Conservation) will support community groups interested in helping out by providing tools, mulch, bags, gloves and other supplies. Interested parties can form their own groups or join other established groups at locations around the city. For more information, please contact Program Manager Paul Doherty at (617) 376-1251, via email at email@example.com. or fill out the form found here to volunteer.
The first 1,500 volunteers will receive a commemorative 30th anniversary Cleaner, Greener Quincy t-shirt. The shirts are sponsored by the Quincy Parks Conservancy, a local non-profit that advocates for our parks and open space areas.
Cleaner, Greener Quincy was started by then-Mayor Jim Sheets as a way to get the community involved in the upkeep of our park system. Since then, it has created a generation of stewards that take an active interest in the condition and appearance of our public park system.
It is estimated that Cleaner, Greener Quincy has generated more than 250,000 community volunteer hours since its inception. It has reached more than 60 different locations throughout neighborhoods of the city.
Added Mayor Koch, “The most important component of Cleaner, Greener is getting our young people invested in their community. These youngsters take an active interest in keeping their neighborhood parks and playgrounds in great shape. That has tremendous value to the future of our city.”
To see the official flyer, please click here.