Friends of Cedarvale partnered with Councillor Joe Mihevc for the second year on his Cleanup Day on Sunday 4th May. It was cool and sunny, but the strong, gusty wind made for unpleasant conditions as we set up our table with coffee and banana bread (courtesy of World Class Bakery), juice, water and cookies.
On the left above, you can see Neil McDermott, Captain Ward Advocacy Group 21, Cycle Toronto, suitably attired in cycle helmet. Third from left is our member Laura Laprairie, with two friends.
Three more helpers stopped by for a coffee and pitched in.
The children seemed to enjoy the cookies!
The Councillor’s special assistant, Beth Gosnell, centre in cap and scarf, is talking to Gillian Kranias, another of our members.
I am in the centre next to Beth, holding one of our “finds” – a broken coffee-maker. You can also see all the garbage bags full of litter that were collected ready for pickup later.
A Jane’s Walk looking at the history of the Spadina Expressway stopped by (the leader is standing at the left). I was asked to give an impromptu speech about Friends of Cedarvale, the history of the footbridge above us and something about the stopping of the expressway in the late 1960s.
Then it was time to pack up, drag everything back up the steps (Neil helped, while I carried his bicycle) and load it into the cars. The park certainly looks a lot cleaner as a result of our efforts.