Swan Avenue Cleanup – September 18

As regular readers of the blog know, I’m involved in efforts to improve a parcel of land called God’s Acre, which is on the part of Swan Avenue roughly between Paris and Wildwood Avenues.

In the July Keep Worcester Clean report, the following was noted:

Abandoned Vehicles – … Ken will check to see if Standard is interested in several burned out vehicles off Swan Ave in the woods. The Commissioner asked if Pete could block off the trail at Swan Ave with boulders or jersey barriers to prevent people from driving in. Vin # and/or plate # will be reported to WPD if readable.

Illegal dumping – Pete said we put “No dumping” signs at each end of Swan Ave. We will look at positions for cameras. People living on Swan Ave have been told to call (508) 929-1300 if they see anything.

In August, Councilor Bill Eddy, DPW&P Commissioner Bob Moylan, and others came down to Swan Avenue to check out the dumping in the area. This is, unfortunately, not a situation that involves a quick fix, and I would like to thank some people for the improvements we’ve seen over the past few months:

First, I would like to thank the GWLT and its executive director, Colin Novick, who has been beyond helpful in advocating for this piece of land. We’ve had a lot of help from GWLT volunteers. They have helped clear out all the remaining debris on the cart path (with the exception of the remains of several burnt out cars), and they’re working on the trails in God’s Acre. One of our goals is to improve the trails in that area so that there will be more hikers and bikers, and that the increase in foot traffic would be a disincentive to illegal dumpers.

Second, I’d like to thank Bill Eddy for coming down and meeting with the neighbors. It’s no secret that he and I agree on just about nothing, but he deserves credit for showing up and listening.

Third, I’d like to thank the folks at DPW&P, who collected the trash from the cart path and put up boulders (which I haven’t yet taken pictures of) to block the entrance to the cart path at God’s Acre. This will definitely help with dumping up there.

But wait — there’s more!

DPW&P has agreed to pick up any trash that’s been dumped on Swan Avenue as long as volunteers can move it to one spot.

To that end, we’re going to be organizing a cleanup on Saturday, September 18 from 8am – noon. We’ll meet at the corner of Swan and Paris Avenues (or thereabouts; feel free to keep walking up Swan if you don’t see anyone).

This time around, I will not have access to any garbage trucks, so I’d appreciate it if volunteers brought their wheelbarrows.

If you have a pickup truck or a vehicle with a trailer hitch, however, I’ll be your best friend forever.

So — let me know if you’d like to come down and experience that “You’d never know you were in Worcester!” feeling.

Noticed at a traffic light

The building which once housed the David Burwick Furniture business has the name “Hadley” imprinted near the roofline.  (I cannot be the only idiot in the city who was wondering why this building houses the Hadley Apartments.)

You might’ve missed this unless you regularly walk around that area gazing upwards.  I spotted it while waiting across the street on Chandler, waiting for a left turn onto Main.