UNION, NJ – About 200 volunteers visited Union parks and playgrounds on Saturday for the annual Operation Clean Sweep & Adopt-A-Park.  Beginning at Biertuempfel Park, the volunteers spread out across town to clean parks of litter and debris.

“This is a great event,” said Department of Public Works Superintendent Lou Ulrich.  “We have crews out every day keeping our community clean, but it’s a never-ending battle.  Having the residents, especially the kids, come out and help is great and you feel a great sense of community.”

Civic organizations, students and event members of the Gamma Phi Delta sorority pitched in the clean-up.

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“It’s so important to give our community an avenue for giving back and coming together for the greater good,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  “That’s why I’m so proud that for over 20 years the township has been hosting Operation Clean Sweep.  The clean-up is just one means of keeping our township beautiful, and the picnic afterwards is a great way to strengthen the bonds between government, neighbors and friends.”

“I’m doing this for my community service project,” said 13-year old Maurice of Burnet Middle School.  “It seemed like an interesting project.”

"Adopt-a-Park is a reiteration of the commitment of our Mayor and Committee to keeping our residents active and engaged in the civic process in fun and innovative ways," said DJ Salvante, Superintendent of the Department of Recreation.