Like Detroiters across the city turning out in record numbers this year to clean up their neighborhoods for the annual Motor City Makeover, 18 Palmer Woods residents and their relatives spent their Saturday morning, May 2, sprucing up the Greenbelt on Woodward and Lincolnshire Park on Seven Mile.
Event organizers Margo Norris and Gwen Graddy-Dansby were joined by Chris Cardine; Ann Clifton and Erik Rayford with their daughters, nieces and nephews – Melanie & Lauren Rayford, William B. Jumper IV, Patrice Jumper and Ava Branch; George Cook and his nephew Jonathan Mitchell; Rob Dewaelsche; Jed Durkin; Alicia Harris; Roy and Jodee Raines; and Marshall Smith.
The city supplied t-shirts, water, gloves and a large box of garbage bags. Margo and Gwen supplied cookies, grapes, clementines, coffee and orange juice. Margo even made good old-fashioned trash pickers by attaching a nail to the end of a long dowel which came in very handy for reaching trash lodged deep in the trees along the Greenbelt.
At 9:30 am sharp, we met at two locations – Strathcona and Woodward and Gloucestor at Seven Mile and got right to work. By the end of the morning, we had filled every single garbage bag with trash and dead leaves, gathered a 10 foot pile of dead tree limbs and rounded up an illegally dumped shopping cart. Erik hauled the truck load of trash to the Public Works yard and we left the branches and leaves at Lincolnshire Park for yard waste collection.
Earlier this spring, our landscape service D&A Landscaping cleaned up the trash along Woodward that was uncovered after the final snow melt. They did this at no charge, as a gift to the neighborhood for our Centennial. Even so, more trash had accumulated by the time of our neighborhood clean-up as evidenced by the bags we filled. Let’s all work hard to continue to keep our neighborhood clean!