A Unique Spring Cleanup During Earth Week, April 19-26

Going for a walk? Bring a trash bag!

Unfortunately, like many other organizations, we had to cancel our spring river cleanup due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, there is no shortage of trash to be picked up in our communities. Trash can be found in the woods, along the sides of the street, near walkways and playgrounds, and at our beaches and waterways.

If you find yourself headed out for a walk in your neighborhood, grab a trash bag, some gloves and your CDC approved face mask, and bring home a trash bag to add to your curbside collection.

While we can’t hold a “formal” cleanup this spring, we can all make a big impact working individually, around our homes.

Show us what you collect!

  • Take photos! Share pictures with us @neprwa on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NeponsetCleanup
  • Report large items. Please let us know if you find things like tires or construction debris so that we can make arrangements for removal in the future. Contact Kelly DiStefano at distefano@neponset.org

Click on this map for suggested cleanup sites.

Below is a list of sites that we know could use some help. If you happen to live in any of these areas, you may consider visiting with a trash bag.

Please follow state guidelines, maintain social distancing, and wear masks and gloves.

  • Billings Creek Trail
  • Neponset Riverwalk
  • Squaw Rock Park
  • Neponset Greenway Trail
  • Neponset Greenway Trail, near Granite Ave
  • Hemenway Pond, Milton
  • Neponset Greenway Trail
  • Canoe launch at Edgewater Drive
Hyde ParkĀ 
  • Fowl Meadow, Meadow rd.
  • Martini Shell Park
  • Burma Trail parking lot, Brush Hill rd.
  • Mill Pond, River St.
  • Factory Hill, Town St including Kelly Field, the skating rink, the pool and the nearby Thompson Center.
  • Truman Parkway
  • Walnut St. near Fairmount T stop
  • Sherrin Woods at Hyde Park/ Roslindale Line
  • Windsor Woods Conservation Area
  • Pequitside Farm


  • Lane Property


  • Thomas Street
  • Mill Pond and Condon Park (Mother Brook)
  • Sharonites are encouraged to “Sponsor a Street” during the cleanup. The program is managed by William & Thomas Goloboy of the Sustainable Sharon Coalition. For more information, email them at sponsorastreet@gmail.com
  • Community Center & paths around Lake Massapoag
  • Memorial Beach – Lake Massapoag
  • Ames Pond

Consider a donation to help support future cleanups. www.neponset.org/do-your-part/donate

Let us know if you would like to participate in future cleanups or if you know of a site that could use some help. Email outreach@neponset.org

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