Just a friendly reminder that we’ll be having an Earth Day cleanup for God’s Acre/Swan Avenue on Saturday, May 1 from 8am to noon followed by pizza. If you can’t make it to the whole thing, come for as long as you can. If you want to show up really early, my husband and I will probably be out there starting at 6am to take care of a few isolated areas. I’ve put together a map for how to get to the cleanup from Mill Street.
Also, I’ve been trying to do some research on the web to put together a brochure on God’s Acre (to accompany a more detailed trail map) — though I know that eventually I’ll have to go to the Worcester Room to do more research.
So, here’s a list of T&G articles you might enjoy (and might need a library card number for):
October 11, 1991: a completely wonderful Jim Dempsey column on God’s Acre.
June 10, 1992: yet another completely wonderful Jim Dempsey column about Solomon Parsons.
June 15, 1994: and still another great Jim Dempsey column on the area.
October 16, 1995: brief mention of Solomon Parsons in an article about the cider mill parcel.
October 26, 1997: The city’s then-marketing director, Kevin O’Sullivan, sees God’s Acre and says, “Just look at this. The idea that all the economic development is downtown isn’t the complete picture. No other city can offer this. This is product,” he said, referring to the potential for outdoor experiences offered by the trail.
July 22, 1999: an REC-led walk for inner city kids, featuring wild blueberries.
May 26, 2002: discussion of how the city could reduce illegal dumping in the area by the excellent Roger Leo. After this article was published, the city did close off part of Paris Avenue, and that was cleaned up last year.