Editor's note: The following information was posted recently by the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance (MPSA). The MPSA has served the Midtown community since 2003 as a non-profit organization by coordinating neighborhood response to public safety and security issues in order to advance the Midtown way of life. The MPSA achieves this objective primarily by operating a neighborhood security patrol funded by its resident and business members, and community sponsors. See here for more information about becoming a member of the MPSA.
There will be a major BeltLine cleanup on Sunday morning, August 5th, from 9 til noon in the area from Park Drive northward to Amsterdam Walk – with the emphasis being to remove the bamboo grove. This area has long been a hiding place for urban campers and an escaped camp fire last winter makes this project a needed priority for neighborhood security and safety. We are now at a point where we can see that these cleanups really are contributing to the ongoing progress of the BeltLine trail system, and help to contribute to the safety of the users.
Volunteers are needed to make this 3 hour project a success. You can access the area from the Park Drive bridge area or from the Amsterdam Walk parking lot. If you are parking at Amsterdam, please put a note on your windshield stating you are at the BeltLine cleanup to notify their security folks.
Please wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, heavy shoes, gloves and bring along your water bottle. If you have a favorite pair of sturdy loppers, bring them along. Other supplies/tools will be provided via the ToolBank. If you can help with this important community project – please send an RSVP e-mail to the point person, Shireen Herrington at firstname.lastname@example.org so that enough tools will be on hand.
This project represents a good chance for high school students to earn some community service hours, but the venue is not suitable for younger children.