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Groundwork Lawrence's 18th Annual Spicket River Cleanup A Success

by Rumbo News

More than 530 Volunteers Clean the River and connecting greenways

One year ago, Groundwork Lawrence cancelled its annual Spicket River Cleanup for the first time in its 18 year history due to the gas explosions that rocked the region just two days prior. This year, the cleanup was back and stronger than ever. Over 530 volunteers gathered early Saturday morning at Manchester Street Park to kick off the annual event, hosted by Groundwork Lawrence in partnership with the cities of Lawrence and Methuen.

During the cleanup, volunteers removed items that were contaminating the Spicket River, cleaned its riverbanks, and cleaned the greenway that runs alongside. Last year, when the explosions occurred, Groundwork diverted all of its resources from the cleanup to help with the emergency relief effort — a pivot made without a second thought. While there was some evidence of the skipped cleanup, the enthusiasm of this year’s volunteers was proof that it had no lasting impact.

“This year’s Spicket River Cleanup is another milestone in the rebuilding process after the gas explosions last year” says Heather McMann, Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence.

“Groundwork is proud to have played a role in the recovery efforts, and proud to see the community coming together for the cleanup this year, stronger than ever. This is more than a community service day — the cleanup is emblematic of Lawrence’s resilience.”


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