By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The weather may not have been the best, but the intentions were. Thousands of volunteers pitched in to give Baltimore a spring cleaning.

As Alex DeMetrick reports, work centered on neighborhoods, although the benefits stretch all the way to the bay.

A little bit of trash blowing here, a little more tossed to the side of the road, and before you know it trash piles up.

Park Heights was just one of the neighborhoods targeted for Baltimore’s annual spring cleanup. Volunteers from the police academy joined neighbors, who have struggled with abandoned property that have become dumping grounds.

“We have 56 houses on this block and less than 20 are occupied. We struggle on a daily basis to get it clean. It’s very frustrating to have to come home and be subjected to filth,” said homeowner Muriel Thompson.

Almost 5,000 people signed up, removing tons of trash from streets, gutters and especially alleys.

“The alleys are full of tons of debris. Sometimes I think people, when they hear about this day, actually dump their debris in the community. It’s amazing,” said Julius Colon, of Park Heights Renaissance.

This cleanup targets more than just neighborhoods because trash moves around, especially when it rains.

Trash flows downstream to the harbor and ultimately the bay.

“Trash doesn’t have a zip code. It moves all around, gets in our water. People can’t fish, they can’t swim. We want to have healthy water and healthy neighborhoods and it starts with us cleaning up,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

And the more help, the better.

“I’ve been trying to get this done for years, and lo and behold, about 100 people show up to help us clean up, and I am thrilled,” said Thompson.

Saturday’s cleanup covered neighborhoods from the York Road corridor to Reservoir Hill.

Comments (4)
  1. Stacey V-AwarenessHelps Citraro says:

    I am looking to clean up the earth for EARTH DAY coming up on 4/22….can you point me in the right direction???

  2. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Stacey, Bless you for your interest. One could start in Baltimore city, especially the areas East & West but the next day the animals would have all the trash back on the streets again. How about where the streams & rivers empty into the bay. That would be a better use of your energy. I would call the DNR, Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis for guidance. Thank you, a boater.

  3. Doug says:

    With a name like Colon,it better be clean.

  4. Stacey says:

    I would also like to thank Mr. Will Hanna and The New Park Heights CDC for their contribution. They actually provided the Police cadets for the clean-up and didn’t look for any cameras or recognition, but I wanted to recognize them for all the work they do in Park Heights.

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