Mayor Thomas Koch announced that the annual Cleaner, Greener Quincy program will return this year on Saturday, May 1st. The annual city-wide clean-up targets parks, beaches, and open space areas for a good spring cleaning. Volunteers and City workers disperse around the city to help make Quincy both cleaner and greener.
This year’s cleanup will account for COVID-19 protocols by encouraging social distancing, mask-wearing and smaller working groups than usual. There will not be a city-wide barbecue celebration at Merrymount Park after the cleanup this year due to COVID protocols.
“We missed last year due to the pandemic and this year we will be returning with the appropriate precautions in place,” said Mayor Koch. “Cleaner, Greener Quincy is a vital part of community-building and stewardship-development for our parks and public lands. Our volunteers do a phenomenal job of stepping up, working hard, and continuing this great tradition of keeping our city looking great.”
Cleaner, Greener Quincy started more than 30 years ago under the direction of former Mayor James Sheets. Dozens of volunteers targeted local parks for cleanups in the early-1990s. The program has grown to the point that an average year draws almost 1,500 volunteers around the entire city.
Volunteers will once again be provided a Cleaner, Greener Quincy t-shirt, this year sponsored by the Quincy Park Conservancy. The City will provide tools, bags, gloves, and trash-pickup for those groups that register with the City. To register your group, please contact Paul Doherty at (617) 376-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The clean-up is scheduled from 9 am to Noon.
City workers will target beaches in Wards 1,2 and 6 for a Spring cleanup in the morning. Once the winter wash-up is removed by the trucks, the Department of Natural Resources will have a beach rake at each municipal beach throughout the summer months. The Department of Natural Resources is also working with the Conservation Commission and State Department of Environmental Protection to secure permits to add sand to municipal beaches.
“Through the pandemic we saw considerably more people relying on local beaches and parks for recreation and relaxation,” said Natural Resources Commissioner Dave Murphy. “We have some tremendous opportunities right here at home and more and more people are taking advantage of our parks, beaches, and 27-miles of coastline. Cleaner, Greener helps jump-start our cleanup efforts and we are very grateful to all our volunteers for doing their part to keep Quincy looking great.”