Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) invited all community members from Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Hollis, Queens Village and St. Albans to participate in the 18th annual Spring Cleanup/Beautification Day Saturday, May 5, this past weekend.
"We did not expect to clean the entire district in one day," said Clark. "The event kicked off the spring cleanup season in hopes that the cleanup and beautification efforts will be sustained throughout the year."
The clean-up was so successful on May 5th that the Assemblywoman decided to extend the efforts for an additional week. Partnering with Home Depot in Springfield Gardens, the Home Depot Foundation and the Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network (QSCAN) on Friday, May 11th the clean up and beautification effort of the Queens Village Veteran Plaza continued in preparation for the annual Memorial Day holiday ceremony. Home Depot has generously given a grant for the purchase of flowers, plants and materials and will be sending over 30 volunteers to help plant and beautify the park.
Clark has organized the cleanup day for the past 18 years and said the beautification day embodies the spirit of community togetherness and builds alliances between citizens, businesses and government in a way that inspires everyone to roll up their sleeves and produce real results close to home.
"The cleanup day was so successful last week that we had to expand it for an additional week. The spring clean-up is a perfect opportunity to bring member of the community together to improve their local environment," she said. "I was encouraged by the show of support from community and the city agencies including sanitation, the LIRR, Parks and Recreations, and the Department of Transportation. Its important that everyone pulls together, no matter how big or small the contribution might be."
Clark met with officials from city and state agencies to request that they begin cleaning sites in major disrepair in advance of the annual spring cleanup day. Those agencies have concentrated on cleaning local roadways, parks and other large public areas, to much fanfare. "The community has reported that many of the areas that have been historically in disrepair have been cleaned by our city agencies," said Clark.
Volunteers helped clean and beautify public streets, open lots, schoolyards and other public spaces. The beautification effort will continue with QSCAN, civic and block associations, friends and families joining in the efforts by beautifying and planting flowers and plants in the Queens Village Veterans Plaza along with volunteers from Home Depot. Businesses will continue to be asked to participate by sprucing up their storefronts.
"I am happy that the community is able to partner with city and state agencies that have already begun cleaning large chronic sites throughout the community," she said. "I am also pleased that The Home Depot in Springfield Gardens has provided the community with supplies and tools and volunteers for our cleanup and beautification efforts. The Queens Village Veterans Plaza which we are beautifying on Friday is extremely important to the community, and especially our veterans, many of whom are from World War II. Both QSCAN and Home Depot Springfield Gardens was quick to respond to our request for assistance; affirming their commitment to our community".