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Earth Day/ Arbor Day Extravaganza!

April 30, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Greening the City Saturday
April 30, 2011


  • Boston Tree Party Apple Tree Planting
  • Walk/Ride to the River (co-sponsored by the City of Somerville)
  • City of Somerville Spring Clean-up
  • Mystic River Path Clean-up (co-sponsored by the Mystic River Watershed Association)
  • SomerGreen Festival
  • Bike Donation Drive to benefit Groundwork Somerville and Bikes Not Bombs

Boston Tree Party Events
Various Locations

9:00am Bike Parade leaves Groundwork Somerville (21 Properzi Way, Somerville)
10:00am Somerville Climate Action Apple Tree Planting @ Foss Park
10:30am Walk/Ride to the Mystic River from Foss Park
11:00am Groundwork Somerville Apple Tree Planting @ Blessing of the Bay Boathouse

Greening the City Events at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic
32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA 02145

9am-3pm Bike Donation Drive to benefit Groundwork Somerville and Bikes Not Bombs

10am-12pm Spring Clean-up and Garden Raising at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse

12pm-2pm SomerGreen Festival with free food (if you participated in the Spring Clean-up events) and music and tables representing green organizations and businesses from around Somerville at Blessing of the Bay

Mystic River Path Clean-up

Join the Mystic River Watershed Association and Groundwork Somerville for a clean-up along the Mystic River Path adjacent to the Assembly Square Mall from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  To participate, meet up in the northwest corner of Christmas Tree Shop parking lot at Assembly Square.

Participating Organizations:
Groundwork Somerville, Somerville Climate Action, City of Somerville, Boston Tree Party, MyRWA, and Bikes Not Bombs

Join Groundwork Somerville for the 1st Annual Greening the City River Clean Up, Tree Planting, and Festival on April 30th from 9am-3pm with Somerville Climate Action, The Boston Tree Party, the Mystic River Watershed Association, Bikes Not Bombs, and the City of Somerville.  The day kicks off with Boston Tree Party events at 10am at Foss Park followed by a Walk, Ride, and Roll to the River for a second tree planting at 11am at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic. (Trees will be delivered by members of Groundwork Somerville Green Team on bicycle!)  Stick around for the SomerGreen Festival on the Mystic featuring free food, music, and representatives from Somerville green and environmental organizations.  Don’t forget to bring a bike to donate to the Groundwork Somerville Green Team and Bikes Not Bombs!


Thanks to TriCAP for posting this great information an all the Mystic Earth Day/ Arbor Day events!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Contact:  Nick Cohen

April 11, 2011                                                                                                781-322-4125 x 237


Local Organizations Team Up for Second Annual Mystic Community Earth Day

Malden, MA – April 11, 2011 – Several organizations are joining together for the second consecutive year to coordinate numerous events for Earth Day in the Lower Mystic River Watershed in Medford, Somerville, Malden, Everett, Chelsea, and East Boston.  Comprising the “Mystic Community Earth Day,” the events will take place on Saturday, April 30th in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) and will focus on improving areas along the river, while drawing attention to the needs of the watershed as a whole.  All events are free and open to the public.  Volunteers are needed to complete this important work.

The Mystic River Watershed is the most urbanized and densely populated watershed in Massachusetts, with over half a million people living in its 76 square miles.  Due to its long industrial history and antiquated sewer systems, the water quality of the river is severely degraded and access to the riverfront is limited. Despite these challenges, residents, community groups, and organizations are working to improve the Mystic River, its tributaries, and surrounding communities.

This year marks the 41st Earth Day, which was first held on April 22, 1970, and featured rallies, protests, and clean-ups across the country with a strong college student presence.  That day is often considered the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Earth Day 2011 will be observed nationwide on April 22 and will be marked by many of the same activities as the original event 41 years ago.

The Mystic Community Earth Day will include clean-ups, trail clearings, and plantings.  For more information about any of the Mystic Community Earth Day events, please contact the respective coordinator from each organization (see below).

Events will include the following:


Bike to the Sea is partnering with Groundwork Somerville, Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP), and Cambridge Health Alliance to organize a trail clearing and clean-up around the proposed Northern Strand Community Trail between Medford Street in Malden and Prescott Street in Everett, as well as Cambridge Health Alliance’s adjacent Malden River Walk from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Supplies will be provided, but additional tools and gloves are welcome. Refreshments will be available for volunteers at a riverfront picnic around 1:00 p.m.  Contact:  Nick Cohen, Tri-CAP EJ Coordinator, ncohen@tri-cap.org, (781) 322-4125 x 237.


Friends of the Mystic River will hold its 16th annual Mystic River Spring Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the vicinity of Mystic Riverbend Park, MacDonald Park, and the Wellington Greenway in the Mystic River Reservation. Meet in the parking lot at Hormel Stadium to sign in and pick up bags, gloves, pokers and instructions. Contact: www.fomr.org, call 781-391-2604 or Mystic02155@hotmail.com.

Xtreme Ninja Martial Arts Center is partnering with Green Medford and Medford City Hall to clean up litter and plant flowers in Medford Square from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Meet at the bus shelter on Riverside Avenue, next to the Salem Street Burial Ground. Contact:  Anna Nguyen, Xtreme Ninja Martial Arts Center, 781.395.7131, xtremeninja1@yahoo.com.

The City of Medford will hold an Arbor Day event on Friday, April 29, consisting of  vista pruning and the removal of invasive species along the Mystic River in Riverbend Park. Bill Bernardinelli of Lawns Plus, and Joe Turner of Turner Tree, will lead the project as part of the Massachusetts Arbor Day of Service. Volunteers are needed to assist on the ground. Contact: Carey Duques, Medford’s Environmental Agent, cduques@medford.org or 781-393-2137 or Aggie Tuden, Medford Tree Warden, atuden@medford.org, 781-395-8695.

There will be a Drop Off Event for used/broken electronics and appliances from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00  p.m. at the Brooks School parking lot.  Items will be unloaded from vehicles and sent to a facility for proper recycling. Fees are tiny and per category: $5 for small electronics such as iPods and computer mice (any number); $10 for medium electronics (e.g., laptops, phones); $15 large electronics (e.g., microwaves, dishwashers); $20 All TVs.

Also, Tufts University will be holding its Earth Day Festival on Friday, April 22 from 12:00-4:00  p.m, on the Academic Quad.  There will be music, food, recycled crafting, clothing and light bulb swap, bike-powered smoothies, and more.  Contact:  Signe Porteshawver at (563) 940-1047 or signeporteshawver@gmail.com.


Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and the Everett Beautification Committee, Everett Kiwanis, and Recylebank will sponsor a citywide Cleanup Day, Saturday April 30h, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Volunteers are to meet at Glendale Park for a light breakfast snack and get a cleanup assignment.  This year’s cleanup will again focus on cleaning of area parks and tot lots as well as entryways into the city.  Contact:  Matt Laidlaw, Everett Director of Communications, 617-394-2270, matt.laidlaw@ci.everett.ma.us.


Groundwork Somerville and the Mystic River Watershed Association are joining forces to clean the Mystic River Path in Somerville on April 30.  This community event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., along the path adjacent to the Christmas Tree Shop at Assembly Square Mall (177 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville, MA). Participants should park/meet at the northwest corner of the Christmas Tree Shop parking lot. Supplies will be provided, but additional tools and gloves are welcome. This co-sponsored cleanup is among several events occurring along the Mystic River in Somerville on April 30.  For more information about these other events, please contact Groundwork Somerville.  Contact: Brad Arndt, Groundwork Somerville, Brad@GroundworkSomerville.org or Beth Meserve, Mystic River Watershed Association, Beth@MysticRiver.org, 781-316-3438.

The City of Somerville will also have a citywide clean-up from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., culminating with a community barbeque and band concert at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

East Boston-Chelsea

The Chelsea Creek Action Group (CCAG), a partnership between Chelsea Green Space and Recreational Committee and East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, will hold the annual citywide clean-ups in both Chelsea and East Boston.

On Friday, April 29th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the residents of East Boston will meet at the Condor Street Urban Wild. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the Condor Street Urban Wild. Contact: Melinda Alvarado-Vega, (617) 567-5882, mvega@noahcdc.org (East Boston)

On Saturday, April 30th from 9AM to 12 Noon, the Chelsea Green Space & Recreational Committee along with the City of Chelsea and Chelsea Neighborhood Developers will host a city wide clean-up in honor of Earth Day. We will gather in front of Chelsea’s City Hall (500 Broadway) at 9am, followed by a celebration at the Creekside Commons Park (behind Beth Israel – 1000 Broadway Chelsea) at Noon. There will be food, music and much more! Contact: Yaritza Gonzalez, (617) 889-6080 x 107, yarig@chelseacollab.org (Chelsea)

Event Schedule for Mystic Community Earth Day:

Friday 4/29/11

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM                        East Boston Urban Wild Event (East Boston)

TBD                                                City of Medford Tree Pruning (Medford)

Saturday, 4/30/11

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM                        City of Everett Clean-Up (Everett)

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM                        Mystic River Clean-Up (Somerville)

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                        Chelsea Clean-Up (Chelsea)

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM                        City of Medford Drop Off Event (Medford)

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM                        Mystic River/Wellington Greenway Clean-Up (Medford)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM            City of Somerville Clean-Up (Somerville)

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Malden River Area Clean-Up (Malden/Everett)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM                        City of Somerville Blessing of the Bay Boathouse Barbeque                                                                        and Band Concert (Somerville)

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM                        Medford Square Clean-Up (Medford)

Press release contact:

Nick Cohen

Environmental Justice Community Organizing Coordinator

Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP)

Mystic River Watershed Collaborative

110 Pleasant Street

Malden, MA 02148

(781) 322-4125 (X 237)




April 30, 2011
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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