Rakes, shovels, hoes, clippers, loppers, plastic trash bags, work gloves were issued at 9:00 am, a plan of attack was outlined by Brown's Nicholas Moi and within minutes a vigorous, if modest, tsunami of human energy was washing over the District. Sunny spring weather greeted them as they moved up Elm Street, clearing out tree wells, pulling trash out of hedges and along fences. In essence clearing up a year's worth of natural and man-made mess.
This year's clean-up focused on Elm Street, and parts of Chestnut, Hospital, South, Parsonage and Point Streets. A new record of 79 tree wells was cleared out and refilled with fresh mulch. Gutters were swept and what seemed like tons of road grit, asphalt bits and winter sand were hauled away.
To give credit where it's due, help pitched in from a variety of sources. Major kudos go to Cushman & Wakefield for organizing resources, providing person power, pizza wrangling and other logistics. A similar loud shout out goes to Brown University for person and vehicle power, tools and mulch by the truck-full.
Other enthusiastic boots on the ground came from LAZ Parking, the Providence Children’s Museum, the 195 Commission, the City of Providence, the Lifespan Hospital Group and residents of 150 Chestnut and 116 Chestnut Streets.
Arthur Salisbury, President of the JDA offered, "Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizations for participating in the 2016 Jewelry District Clean-Up. All those tree wells cleared and mulched in a morning is a real achievement and really enhance our neighborhood. I send special thanks, too, to John Arzoomanian who captained the clean-up so effectively.”
Not incidentally, early in May, the JDA Planning & Zoning Committee will join the Providence Forester for a tour to survey missing and damaged trees in the District.
Photos: John Arzoomanian & 116 Snaps.