Volunteers Needed Sunday to Clean South Park Property

The Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) needs volunteers from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday to clean the town-owned South Park property.

The heavily littered property is currently being cleaned up by the town. This includes removing the decaying remnants of several old buildings and piles of debris. Their work will end in a few days, but small bits of trash are expected to remain, said David Brant, the land trust’s executive director, in an announcement of the clean up.

The goal is to take advantage of the dumpsters on the site, clean up miscellaneous litter, and restore the area to its natural state, Brant said.

The land trust, which has already conserved 1,450 acres in Easton, has secured a $188,000 state Department of Environmental Protection grant to purchase roughly 19 acres of the South Park property The selling price is $400,000 with the trust making up the difference. This will allow the ALT to preserve it and become stewards of the Mill River, an environmentally recognized wild and brown trout stream, that runs through the land.

The proposed purchase is the subject of an upcoming public hearing on April 18 at 7 p.m. at Samuel Staples Elementary School.

Those interested in volunteering for Sunday’s clean can do so on the land trust’s website using the following link: https://www.aspetucklandtrust.org/south-park-cleanup?blm_aid=31159.

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