Members of Girl Scout Troup 45741 and their parents helped clean up the Main-Dempster Mile. (Photo by Evan Girard)

Although the weather was not always spring-like, volunteers of all ages took some time this week to tidy up their corner of the community.

On April 23, Ridgeville Park District enticed people with camaraderie and a concert to help clean up the area.

The next day, about 30 volunteers picked up trash and debris around the Harley Clarke mansion, the Grosse Point Lighthouse, and Lighthouse Beach – a cleanup organized by Evanston Lighthouse Rotary.

Photo by Evan Girard

Along the Main-Dempster Mile, some 80 to 100 volunteers, including members of Girl Scout Troup 45741 and their parents, filled bags of trash, then traded in their special wristbands for “thank-you” treats from the businesses.    

There were some tough weeds at Lovelace Park, said Sigrid Pilgrim, one of the Friends of Lovelace Park who helped clean up the playground there. “Thanks to a dedicated group of ETHS students and FOLP members, the playground was soon ready for the City’s three truckloads of wood chips,” she said.

Photo from Sigrid Pilgrim

Near the Ecology Center, City staff presented information about the City’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), while City crews added another tree to the Ladd Arboretum.  

Kumar Jensen, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer for the City, describes the Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Ajiah Gilbert and Liam Engel, in background, are members of the Americorps Greenest Region Corps and have been working with the City of Evanston all year. (RoundTable photo)

Evan Girard contributed to this story and Mary Mumbrue contributed photos.

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