Clean-up a creek: Volunteers freshen Canarsie inlet

Cleaning the creek: Parks Department’s Joseph Kurtz and volunteer Franey Miller filled up many bags of trash during a clean up of Fresh Creek in Canarsie.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

They made Fresh Creek even fresher!

A handful of do-gooders helped pick up piles of trash in the inlet separating Canarsie and Starrett City on May 26 as part of the Parks Department’s green neighborhoods program. The group hauled off 10 bags worth of garbage, according to one volunteer who said she enjoyed taking a break from her day job to join in on the cleanup.

“It was great. I’m trying to find a hobby outside of my job, and volunteering in the park is just a nice way to stay outside,” said Franey Miller, who made the trip from Bedford-Stuyvesant. “We picked up a lot of trash. It was crazy.”

Volunteers spent the day tidying the mucky wetlands near the creek’s mouth at the corner of Seaview and Louisiana avenues, but there’s more work to do on the inland side of things near Flatlands Avenue, where the water body backs up to homes and businesses, one cleaner said.

“On the other side, that’s where you have a lot of the private residences and on that side is a lot of debris and a lot of invasive weeds that need to be taken out,” said Maria Garrett, president of the Fresh Creek Civic Association. “They are not cleaning on the other side. There’s just so much garbage, and all that stuff needs to be removed.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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