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Sunday Walk-In Site Added as City of Summit Hosts Ninth Annual Earth Day Clean-Up April 18-19

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SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit is holding its Ninth Annual Earth Day Clean-Up April 18, from 9 a.m. to Noon, and April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The City has added a walk-in location on April 19 at Hidden Valley Park, located near Jefferson School.

Members of the community, individuals and groups, are invited to pitch in and help beautify Summit’s parks and open spaces. The Clean-up is sponsored by the City of Summit Environmental Commission, and is conducted in partnership with the Washington Area Association, Briant Park Olmsted Conservancy, and Summit GreenFaith Circle.

According to Division of Public Works Superintendent Paul Cascais, last year 140 volunteers of all ages collected an estimated 1.23 tons of trash and debris from City parks and open spaces. Volunteers also removed invasive plants and spread wood chips on trails.

On Saturday, City sites that will be part of the Earth Day Clean-up include portions of Wilson Park, Martin’s Brook, and the open spaces surrounding the Transfer Station near Mount Vernon Road, Constantine Place and Risk Avenue. Union County sites in Summit that will be part of the Clean-up include Passaic River Park and Briant Park. On Sunday afternoon, the Summit GreenFaith Circle will supervise the clean-up of Hidden Valley Park near Jefferson School.

To register a group for participation, please email summitearthday2015@gmail.com. Individuals and walk-ins are welcome at Briant Park and Martin's Brook (off Butler Parkway) on April 18 between 9 a.m. and Noon, and at Hidden Valley Park (near Jefferson School) on April 19 between 1 and 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring work gloves and a beverage. Community service hours are available.

In the event of heavy rain on April 18, the entire Clean-up event will be held on April 19. Weather updates will be posted on cityofsummit.org for both days, if necessary.

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