Volunteers from the Concerned Citizens of Davisville are stepping up again in honor of Earth Day to keep their neighborhoods looking green and great.
The annual cleanup is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, May 1.
Volunteers of all ages, including eighth graders from the Davisille Middle School as well as the Cub Scouts from the Davisville Pack and other groups, will meet at the Davisville Middle School.
From there, teams of cleanup crews will break out and go to Saw Mill Pond in North Kingstown, the nature trails and outdoor classrooms at the Davisville Elementary and Middle Schools as well as around McGinn and Yorktown Parks.
Stephen Soul is one of many residents who lives on Saw Mill Pond with his wife and two children and has volunteered in the clean-up since it began almost a decade ago.
“I remember we used to pull out shopping carts from the pond,” Soul said. “It used to be a very sad thing to walk around the pond. We’ve had such super success with the cleanup that now it’s actually a challenge to find anything like that.”
Soul credited the steady group of people who participate in the cleanup each year as he witnesses its continued improvement.
He said the more the pond is cleaned up and maintained, the more people notice it for future use. For example, there’s been talk of dredging it to make it even more viable and possibly restocking it with the native fish that used to inhabit it.
“The Earth Day cleanup reminds us that it’s getting better and better,” said the long-time volunteer. Volunteers need to bring work gloves and tools such as wheelbarrows and rakes. Lunch will be provided.
Other Earth Day cleanup efforts going on in the area on April 30 include a cleanup in Exeter at Boone Lake sponsored by the Boone Lake Improvement Association at 8 a.m.
Another will be held in Narragansett sponsored by the Bonnet Shores Fire District. Volunteers can meet at the Bonnet Shores community center at 9 a.m.
Anyone interested in the South Kingstown cleanup can meet at the Neighborhood Guild, located 325 Columbia St. at 8 a.m. This event is being sponsored by South Kingstown Parks and Recreation.
Prior to those festivities, this Saturday , Apr. 23, Girls Scouts from Exeter will be holding their own Earth Day cleanup, starting at 9 a.m. at Exeter Town Hall and continuing to Reynolds Monument on Exeter Road.