MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ -  A collaborative effort between Morris Township residents and the Hillside Hose Company to clean up a Edward Hayward Park has now flourished into a beautification project.

The efforts began several months ago when Morris Township resident Steven Hoffman placed a request on the Nextdoor App, asking for volunteers to help clean up the Edward Hayward Park.   The response was great. Residents reached out as did the Hillside Hose Company, who have cleaned up the park in past years. Meetings were established to provide people with an opportunity to meet face to face to discuss their ideas for improving the park.  

The collaborative effort has transformed the clean into a beautification project. The project aims to make the park a better place for the neighborhood kids to play in.

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“This clean up has been very successful and I hope other communities can see what we have done and do the same for their parks," said resident Alexandra Godwin.

The volunteers worked hard to cut back brush to enlarge the play areas for kids.  New Baccie courts have been redone and lined. Lights have been fixed and garbage cans have been established to hopefully eliminate trash thrown on the ground. The swings will be moved to create an open space that could used as a field for kids to play in.

“This park clean up has been a great way to meet the neighbors," said resident Andrew Mantex.

The Ladies Auxillary from the Firehouse provided breakfast as well as a BBQ lunch immediately following the clean up. The residents and fireman were pleased with the progress that was made and they look forward to upcoming activities at their park such as  the Easter Egg Hunt in the upcoming weeks.


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