If you noticed a small army of volunteers along the Gladstone Boulevard, Cliff Drive corridor in Kessler Park on Friday, you were not alone. In celebration of Earth Day, The Great Kansas City Clean Up-2022 was in full force in Northeast.
Over 160 volunteers alone from a variety of companies such as JE Dunn, Turner and Kiewit Construction Companies, Kansas City Power and Light, Boy and Girl Scouts, all volunteered their time, rolling up their sleeves and making our community a better and much cleaner place to live.
Kansas City, Missouri Parks Ambassadors were on hand to direct volunteer efforts as well. Parks and Rec Resident Engagement Officer Kelly Jander noted, “we have 19 sites today and over 500 people city wide participating both today and tomorrow,” said Jander at Cliff Drive’s Gate 4. “We’re really grateful for these organizations letting their employees off work to come help clean up. It’s just a super-cool day to be out doing this.”
When it was all said and done, Northeast neighborhood volunteers from Pendleton Heights, Scarritt Renaissance, and Indian Mound Neighborhoods along with corporate volunteers cleared hundreds of tires, a small mountain of trash and litter, hundreds of yards of invasive honeysuckle and even a few dead animal carcasses from the wooded areas of Kessler Park.
The clean up effort continues today throughout the city.