SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As part of an effort to beautify the parks in town and free them from litter, The Springfield Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Springfield Environmental Commission joined forces on Sunday, Nov. 3.

More than 70 volunteers participated, as several parks in total were cleared of debris including plastic bottles, food containers and refuse that piled up after the spring, summer and fall seasons.

“The rainy spring and summer washed lots of garbage down our waterways and into many of our parks," Alyson Weber Miller, chair of the Environmental Commission "We were able to clear this garbage out before winter.”

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The parks cleaned by volunteers included Washington, Irwin, Laurel, the Community Gardens/Patriot Park and the area between the Walton and Sandmeier Schools.

The Environmental Commission was also able to sign volunteer hours forms for middle and high school students who participated. The group hopes to repeat the event in the spring.