Pendleton Heights neighbors work together to clean up alleys

Evan spends his morning looking for slugs in Forest Aly while helping his mom and brother, Preston, on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover

Residents in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood came together on Sat., September 12, to clear litter and brush from their alleys.

The clean up, which usually happens a few times over the warmer months in normal years, had been delayed this year due to COVID-19.

Linda Fleischman fills a bag with brush during the Pendleton Heights Alley Cleanup on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover

“We were actually going to do this earlier in the year but it was like pretty much around the time the pandemic hit and everyone was hunkering down and it was just too heavy, but now we’re kind of getting our pandemic legs,” Linda Fleischman said.

She is glad everyone could get together to work in the alleys before the weather gets too cool.

Teammates from Global FC take a break after cleaning up Emerald Aly on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover

Targeting five alleys in the neighborhood, volunteers showed up with brooms, saws, shovels and trash bags to do their part. They gave attention to Forest Aly, Moss Aly, Emerald Aly, Viridian Aly and Fern Aly.

Brek Miller works to cut overgrown brush in Moss Aly on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover

“It’s good, especially with COVID-19, being stuck inside and not getting to socialize very much, it’s great to be able to come together as a community again,” Brek Miller said.

“We live on the back of the alley and we’ve tried to take care of it individually, but it’s always better with help and neighbors,” Desiree Lee said.

She and her two boys cleaned up the alley behind their home last year by themselves, and it was very overgrown.

Ron Lanphier and Evan clean brush in Forest Aly during the Pendleton Heights Alley Cleanup on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover

“We get a lot more accomplished with friends and neighbors,” Lee said.

Noah Fleischman climbs on top of a stone wall in Forest Aly to clear overgrown brush on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover

Noah Fleischman said it’s nice to socialize with neighbors wile still being able to social distance after being cooped up all spring and summer because of COVID-19.

Eddie Van Buskirk and Craig Park tackle overgrown brush in Moss Aly on Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Abby Hoover
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