On Saturday, April 27 – a chilly gray morning! – hundreds of people gathered at Roger Williams Park to kick off the City of Providence’s Annual Earth Day Spring Cleaning.

Following a welcome by Mayor Elorza, the City of Providence Parks Department and Office of Sustainability, the Partnership for Providence Parks, and the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, the gathered crowd dispersed to various beautification projects across the city. About 100 enthusiastic volunteers – individuals, families and business groups – donned gloves, grabbed trash bags and tools, and cleared trash and debris from the Roger Williams Park’s trails and shorelines. Despite the drizzly morning, committed volunteers filled countless trash bags before the cleanup ended at noon, leaving the Park’s trails looking incredible.

The event also included a plastic bag exchange hosted by Zero Waste Providence and a denim collection bin provided by Madewell, to collect worn out denim to be recycled into housing insulation.

A tremendous THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, partners and sponsors who supported the Roger Williams Park Conservancy’s Earth Day clean up and made the event a success!

The Conservancy will hold regular clean ups throughout the spring and summer. If you’d like more information or to get involved, here’s how you can stay connected:

Mayor Jorge Elorza and Earth Day partners welcome the crowd.
Volunteers register and receive their clean up assignments.
Partners from Madewell and Zero Waste Providence.
Thank you to all of the Earth Day volunteers, including these Roger Williams Park Conservancy board members!

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