Murray Hill volunteers put sparkle in park

Murray Hill volunteers put sparkle in park
Phoebe Kopitke, Meghan and Jacin Kopitke with Apple Kopitke and Les and Jimmy Coggin helped with the clean up effort at Murray Hill Playground Nov. 15.

If the play area and ballfields at Murray Hill Playground shine a little more brightly, it is thanks to a cadre of masked volunteers that turned out Nov. 15 to hold neighborhood cleanup sponsored by the Murray Hill Athletic Association. 

Led by Joey Umstead, president of MHAA, and Jose Lazcano, who is actively involved with both MHAA and the Murray Hill Preservation Association (MHPA), the volunteers picked up litter from the popular park across from Ruth Upson Elementary. In addition, a small group of gardeners led by Alicia Smith, head of MHPA’s Beautification Committee, worked to weed the medians and plant drought-resistant foliage in the center of Edgewood Avenue South. The beautification group aims to maintain the space at least once a month, while the MHAA sponsors a cleanup of the park at least once a month, Lascano said.


To reward the group of enthusiastic volunteers, Moon River Pizza offered free pie slices and Fishweir Brewing Company donated a free drink to all participants.

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