Letter: Thanks to all who helped with Springside clean-up

To the editor:

On behalf of the Friends of Springside Park, I would like to commend all the volunteers who assisted in the clean-up effort on Sept. 23. We had a great turnout of community volunteers.

We were pleased to have the support of several local organizations and businesses as well as people from the Morningside neighborhood. Volunteers included many Pittsfield residents as well as folks from outside Pittsfield. It is commendable, in these busy times, that community volunteers donated their free time to lend a helpful hand for this very important beautification effort.

I would like to personally thank all those who volunteered to help collect trash and debris from every corner of Springside Park's nearly 300 acres. Our efforts, which have been on going twice a year for over 25 years, have resulted in a cleaner and more beautiful park for all to enjoy.

I would like to thank several organizations, businesses and individuals who joined the Friends of Springside Park in the clean-up, including Springside Park Conservancy, Vincent Hebert Arboretum, Morningside Initiative, Morningside Business Group, Berkshire Mountain Bike Group, and the Springside Greenhouse group. I would like to commend the following businesses for their special assistance: Berkshire Bike and Board and The Hilton Garden Inn, who sent an impressive group as well as donations of bags and gloves. My thanks to young brothers Timothy and Joseph Dean, and City Counselors Lisa Tully and Pete White. I am also grateful for the support of Parks Commissioner Joe Durwin, the Parks Department crew, and Jim McGrath, the program manager of Open Space and Natural Resources.

Please join the Friends of Springside for our spring clean-up in April 2018.

Bernie Mack,


The writer is president of Friends of Springside Park.


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