Green Team at the Bailey Peninsula
Earth Day Cleanup 2008
April 19th, 2008
The children came together today. Eighty strong they carried rakes, shovels, garbage bags and determination. I was curious so I had to ask them, “Why are you here?”
“I live here.” South Park High School Junior Ashley told me. “This is my community.”
“I really think it’s important for the sake of the environment and one day for the sake of our children,” added Adam and Hannah, instrumental members of South Park’s Green Team.
“It used to be filthy, but we’re trying to clean it up.” Green Team president Branden chimed in. “Look at it now compared to just one year ago. It’s a beautiful spot.”
“I just feel like it’s a good thing to do.” David, a fourth grader from Southside Elementary School, told me with pride.
“I feel like it’s important. I want to be a part of it.” Said Jay, a sixth grader who led a group of twenty volunteers comprised of students, parents and teachers toward the Seneca Bluffs area for a massive cleanup.
Today’s cleanup of the
and the Seneca Bluffs area was a part of a combined effort of Bailey Peninsula , South Park High School and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. With over sixty student volunteers and twenty adults comprised of teachers, parents and administrators joining together for this Earth day celebration, this portion of Southside Elementary School is undergoing an environmental and community renaissance. Buffalo
Within one year’s time the Green Team has successfully eradicated over 1,500 square feet of Japanese Knotweed, a non-indigenous, invasive bamboo species that chokes out the native plants. They have planted over 25 trees, replaced damaged park benches and garbage cans and, most importantly, have been able to control the garbage and graffiti through periodic cleanups at the
site. Bailey Peninsula
We could not have accomplished any of this without the help of so many people and organizations. The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers, the City of
department, the Erie County Parks department, Fiskars donated $800 worth of tools and an $800 Home Depot gift card. Ecology and Environment contributed $500 as did PraxAir. Several other companies donated $100 and Mineo’s Pizza provides a 20% discount for food and drink. The Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bisons have recently become involved, featuring Buffalo Sanitation on their homepage and giving sporting memorabilia as well as free tickets to professional sporting events. South Park
The Green Team was honored in front of
where the Mayor promised to lend a hand in the future. Buffalo City Hall
The next project will be May 6th when
’s Green Team will be planting 25 trees, 50 shrubs and sowing 2 pounds of seeds from plants native to this section of the South Park . Come join us! Buffalo River