Photos: River Clean Up in Hyde Park


Members of Pile Drivers Local 56 unloading canoes at the Martini Shell, Truman Highway, Hyde Park, MA.

On Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, 115 volunteers assembled at 8:30 AM at the canoe launch near the Martini Shell at Truman Highway in Hyde Park to remove debris of all kinds from the bed of the adjacent Neponset River.

Teams were dispatched by land and water to three locations: Stop & Shop, the Glenwood Avenue footbridge, and the B Street footbridge.  Click here to see images.

Some hours later they began trickling back tired, dirty, and happy.

It took years of mischief and idiocy to deposit this material in the river, and it was all out before lunchtime. It was the 3rd go-round at these locations and we are beginning to think we have turned the corner. Chief organizer Martha McDonough would like to thank one and all!

Neponset River Watershed Association, Pile Drivers Local 56, Carpenters Local 26, Carpenters Local 535, Wood Framers Local 723, James G. Grant Company, Fairmount Neighborhood Association, Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, Readville Neighborhood Association.

Donated equipment and services:
MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), James G. Grant Company (including three indispensable dumpsters), Parkway Towing, Home Depot, West Roxbury; Walgreens, Stop & Shop, Charles River Canoe and Kayak Company, Musto Construction, R. Zoppo Construction

Planning, coordination, and publicity:
Rep. Angelo Scaccia, Hyde Park Bulletin, Neponset River Watershed Association

Here’s a partial list of some of the items recovered:

at B Street footbridge:

49 large logs/planks
10 shopping carts
3 engine blocks
3 tires
2 engine motors
2 tire rims
1 radiator
1 fence pipe
1 sink
1 bicycle
1 hypodermic needle
1 fan
1 metal sign
1 5 gallon water container
1 plastic tub
1 car battery
1 plastic chair
1 window air conditioner
1 acetylene bottle
1 wooden ladder
1 chainlink gate

at Glenwood Avenue:

50-60 shopping carts
5-6 bikes
2 10-ft iron pipes
1 construction sign

at Stop & Shop:

5 plastic grocery shipping trays
3 steel drums
3 shopping carts (1 partial)
1 car seat
1 vintage port-a-potty
1 pallet
1 partial bicycle
1 sink
1 dolly
1 large piece of construction equipment (?)
1 large sheet metal plate (looked like the type they use to cover road work)
various motorcycle parts
23 bags of trash items including numerous metal bars various boards and planks

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