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The Bronx River Alliance is continuing to clean up the parks of the Bronx by teaming up with other environmental groups and volunteers, making them more pedestrian friendly and improving wildlife.

International Coastal Cleanups have become a weekly event for the Bronx River Alliance, previously hosting the event this past Saturday, September 13 at Concrete Plant Park and are hosting another event this Saturday, at Soundview Park.

The International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 13 was presented by the Bronx River Alliance, G.I.V.E. (Getting Involved, Virginia Ave Efforts), Leadership Team 105 and American Rivers and was sponsored by Keurig.

The shoreline cleanup at Concrete Plant Park gave volunteers an opportunity to “come clean and go green” on the Bronx River, providing trash bags and gloves to all who were involved.

The cleanup was followed by fun activities for all who attended, including yoga, music, face painting, refreshments and kids fitness, giving them a chance to enjoy the park that they worked to improve.

The Bronx River Alliance and friends are hosting another cleanup, this coming Saturday, September 20 at Soundview Park to improve the Long Island Sound and remove debris from the waterfront.

“This will be a fun and exciting day for the Bronx River Alliance, its friends and those who attend,” said outreach manager Joseph Sanchez, who put these park and coastal cleanups together.

“It’s a great way to spend an end-of-summer, beginning of fall day in an improving environment where everybody is working towards a good cause.”

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m., where a light breakfast will be provided courtesy of Cabot Creamery Cooperative and the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille.

Attendees also have the opportunity to take part in a paddle boating, coastal cleanup adventure. The paddle boating will venture from Concrete Plant Park to Soundview Park, also beginning at 8:30 a.m.. Those interested can register at http://bit.ly/paddlesept20 and will receive additional information on this part of the cleanup. Registration for this event is required.

Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m., after all volunteers have checked in, filled out waivers and retrieved supplies and directions for what the Bronx River Alliance calls “the largest cleanup of the year.”

Whole Foods will provide a lunch at 11:30 a.m. after the cleanup, followed by an afternoon of fun activities put together by Recreation Equipment Inc.

“We want to reward the people who have rewarded us and our parks,” said Joseph Sanchez.

“We want to show them that we appreciate their hard work towards improving our parks, and what better way to do that then providing meals, transportation and fun activities kindly contributed by our friends and sponsors.”

Shuttle service will be provided, taking volunteers from the Morrison Ave./Soundview Ave Station of the 6 IRT to Soundview Park from 8:00.to 9:00 Aa.m., and bring them back to the station after the cleanup.

Registration is required for those who plan to volunteer at the cleanup. Those who are interested in helping out can register at http://bit.ly.soundviewpark2014. For more information, contact Joseph.Sanchez@parks.nyc.gov.

Updated 1:35 pm, September 19, 2014
Reach Reporter Steven Goodstein at (718) 742–3384. E-mail him at sgoodstein@cnglocal.com.
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