Nashua Telegraph

Nashua: Volunteers to spruce up parks, rail trail, Riverwalk NASHUA – More than 150 volunteers are expected to come out Saturday morning for the second annual Nashua Pride Downtown Park Cleanup Day. Great American Downtown has partnered with roughly a dozen community groups to spruce up several regions around the city center, including the Nashua […]

Nashua: Volunteers to spruce up parks, rail trail, Riverwalk

NASHUA – More than 150 volunteers are expected to come out Saturday morning for the second annual Nashua Pride Downtown Park Cleanup Day.

Great American Downtown has partnered with roughly a dozen community groups to spruce up several regions around the city center, including the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail, Los Amigos Park, Park Social, Le Parc De Notre Renaissance Francais, Bicentennial Park, the Nashua Riverwalk and Library Walk.

Last year, 80 volunteers came out and cleaned about 1.2 miles of the rail trail. The trail is a recreation path built along an old rail bed and is used by hundreds of people in Greater Nashua daily for travel and recreation.

Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown, said those interested in volunteering can meet at Nashua City Hall at 10 a.m. with yard tools, shovels, gloves, heavy-duty trash bags and other cleaning supplies.

“It has been fantastic to see the response from the community grow this year. A few years back the ‘Big Day of Serving’ effort brought over 400 volunteers from faith-based groups out for a neighborhoodwide cleanup day in the Tree Streets,” Shea said. “The health of our Downtown neighborhoods and parks is inextricably tied to the economic and cultural vibrancy of our community and our businesses.”

Among the groups participating this year: the Nashua Police Athletic League, Rivier University, Northeast Empire Football, PAL Explorers, the Hollis Brookline student body, Gate City Community Gardens, the Nashua Public Library, Youth Safe Haven members and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Health Division.

“Spring cleanup is essential to many community member efforts that will continue throughout the year,” said Nashua Police Athletic League executive director Shaun Nelson. “PAL has proven that youth who are immersed in service to their community early on continue in great numbers to be contributing teens, and then contributing adults. The PAL community gardens, youth-led service projects, and regular service in our community kicks off Saturday.”

This article was written by Chris Garofolo and published in the Nashua Telegraph.