SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An effort to keep Springfield clean and friendly was announced Friday.
Mayor Sarno joined with Director of Parks, Buildings, & Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan, Mary Ann Maloney, members of Concerned Citizens of Springfield, Inc. (CCS), along with City Councilor Melvin Edwards and Springfield’s many Neighborhood Councils at Forest Park to announce a joint initiative focusing on beautifying our Springfield Neighborhoods though cleanups, the arts, education, and raised awareness. The city-wide campaign will feature flyers, social media posts, and public service announcements promoting proper sanitary practices.
Maloney told 22News, “The city is doing a good job but it’s a monumental task and so we need to take pride in our own property and encourage our neighbors to do the same thing so that we can be proud of our neighborhoods.”
She added that although neighborhood organizations and civic groups have been complaining about city litter for years, the issue has worsened during the pandemic.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “First, a big thank you to Mary Ann Maloney and the Concerned Citizens of Springfield for being so involved in coordinating this effort along with our Director of PBRM Patrick Sullivan. In addition, I am thankful to our Neighborhood Councils, residents, and business community for coming together to address this issue. It takes a team effort in keeping our community clean and safe and none of us can do it alone – be a hero – curb appeal – Springfield Clean.”
“So many people came together around this cause and many are continuously working on this issue, including Councilor Edwards and ‘Keep Springfield Beautiful’. A big shout out to Dorman Elementary School art teacher Therese DeSaulnier, Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Springfield Public Schools Julie Jaron, our partners from CCS Deborah Shea and Katie Orellana, and especially our home-grown talent, the students from Dorman Elementary Mishael, Magenta, and Jachi who did such a beautiful job on these art pieces which are featured at Forest Park on our banner and on posters which will hang in our schools and other municipal buildings. We are also very lucky to have the talented work – which contains an important message – from Putnam Vocational High School student Elisa Flores showcased as well.”
Mayor Sarno explained, “Just as important is the educational curriculum we’re working to develop with Superintendent Warwick in our school system to engrain the importance of doing your part to keep our city clean and healthy to all our students and their families. I am so grateful to all the heroes out there who do their part every day to keep Springfield looking it’s best. I encourage everyone to join me in taking the “No Litter Pledge,” and we are going to challenge you to go one step further – we’re challenging everyone to pick up a piece of litter too. A simple act can have a big impact.”
Join the social media challenge and show photos and videos of how you are helping keep Springfield clean.