John McElhenny writes-
Seventeen people came to Burnham’s Field on Saturday morning to make the largest green space in central Gloucester a more beautiful place. Mission accomplished! They fixed a fence, erased graffiti, picked up litter and trimmed brush. Local businesses got into the act, too. Paulo, Catherine and Mauro from CleanPro, the Gloucester cleaning company, volunteered two hours of their time. Mamie’s Kitchen, a great little restaurant on Pleasant Street, gave free coffee and cookies to the volunteers. Ben’s Wallpaper & Paint donated paint.
Many of the volunteers came because they had seen the announcement on the blog – yet another example of GoodMorningGloucester bringing people together to do good things for Gloucester. A short time after the volunteers finished the clean-up, more than a dozen kids were playing on the newly cleaned up courts and field.
Thanks to all who came out!
Holly Makowsky, a School Street resident, picks up litter alongside the basketball court at Burnham’s Field.
City Councilor Melissa Cox, whose ward includes Burnham’s Field, clears dead brush from next to the fence.
Mauro Silva (left) and Paulo Ferrari, Gloucester residents who work for CleanPro, sweep up broken glass on the basketball court.
Ed Collard fixes a fallen fence with help from Rich Bean (left) and Ron Gilson (in back). Ron was born in Gloucester during the Great Depression. Rich moved to Gloucester seven months ago. They met on Saturday and worked together to clean up Burnham’s Field.
Some of the volunteers who cleaned up Burnham’s Field on Saturday. Front row: Patti Amaral, Melissa Cox, Ron Gilson, Donna Ardizzoni. Back row: Rich Bean, Ed Collard, Bill Cox, Lindsay Welch.