Times are tough. Our park is important. We need to all pitch in to keep it looking good.
In much more elegant prose, Rosemary explains:
“We are about to enjoy another summer season in Cianfrani Park. Our third annual “Friday Concerts in June” series will soon resume. The weather is getting warmer and everyone is looking forward to the pleasure of more time in the park.
For the past few years, The Department of Recreation has provided a “seasonal maintenance attendant,” someone whose daily responsibility it was to pick up the park trash, water the plants and trees, and bag the trash. Due to budget cuts, we will have help only on Mondays and Fridays and only for cleaning up and bagging the trash. Other than that, we will have to rely on ourselves to keep our park clean and attractive. We will be posting a list of tasks, so that all of us who use and enjoy the park can volunteer for specific and limited jobs to contribute to making our park a place where we all want to spend time.
In addition, the Citizen’s Alliance, which had been providing us with a second trash pickup on Mondays for the last year, is no longer in business. We have been granted a second pick up for the summer season by the Department of Recreation. Pick up days for the park will be Thursday and Saturday. We are lucky to get this, but it will mean that from Saturday through Thursday the amount of bagged trash in our busy park will accumulate and cause and unsightly and smelly situation on Eighth Street.
We hope that everyone will take this into consideration and take home the trash that you bring to the park if at all possible. Also, be diligent in watching for people who put their household trash, on the corner or in the cans, therefore adding to the problem. This is against the law and these people can and will be fined. (Call 215-685-4275 or 215-686-5560 to report it.) If everyone cooperates in taking home their own trash, we can have a park that is clean and sanitary.
We will be having park clean up days monthly, but there are things that must be done on a daily or weekly basis. We will try to divide the jobs up, so that all are small and manageable. If each of us does our part, we can have a park that we are proud of.”