As a long cold snowy winter dragged into a long cold rainy spring, the volunteer board at Bishop Grandin Greenway began planning for our annual spring clean-up on May 14th. Weather is always uncertain, but this year it seemed particularly so. Unsurprisingly, as clean-up day approached, temperatures were down, winds were up, and rain was in the forecast.
Regardless of the forecast, we knew the community would come through. About three dozen volunteers showed up to help on a cool breezy morning. The rain was kind enough to hold off until after the clean-up, and the event ended up being one of our most productive yet.
We hauled two full trailers of garbage to the landfill, and the City of Winnipeg picked up some additional garbage bags filled by a dedicated volunteer working overtime. Approximately 130 bags were filled!
The usual assortment of items were collected -- fast food packaging, car parts and so on. Masks and hand sanitizer packets are now a frequently found items, and needles ("sharps" as they're sometimes known) have been found as well.
Included among the volunteers that Saturday were local elected representatives including Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, Rochelle Squires, MLA for Riel, and Brian Mayes, Councillor for St. Vital ward.
We give a big thanks to everyone who helped make this year's clean-up another success. It is always inspiring to see people come together to make the community a better place!
**NOTE: a pair of gloves was left behind. If they're yours, let us know. We still have them!