Neighbors keep Avondale median nice and tidy

Neighbors keep Avondale median nice and tidy
Luca Pinto, Livia Pinto, Olivia Raker and Sebastian Raker

Inspired by a park clean-up event sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation, Avondale residents with homes fronting the median between Edgewood Avenue and St. John’s Avenue rolled up their sleeves and spent two weeks cleaning up the grassy expanse in November.

“The median is not considered a park, however, but I was inspired by the RAP event and engaged our neighbors on a much needed clean up of our median,” said Zuleika Raker, who organized the massive effort. Also assisting in the clean up was Raker’s husband, Mark, and her children, Olivia and Sebastian, who joined with neighbors Beth and Michael Kirwan and son Stuart; Sara Pinto with her daughter Livia and son Luca; and Norm Anderson, who brought “amazing tools” to make the work easier for everyone, said Raker.

The Edgewood Avenue median near St. John’s Avenue is clean and tidy thanks to the efforts of several nearby residents.
The Edgewood Avenue median near St. John’s Avenue is clean and tidy thanks to the efforts of several nearby residents.

The group worked tirelessly to remove cinder blocks that surrounded the crape myrtle trees. They also cleaned up dead branches and excess tree growth to open up the area. The clean up took two weeks to complete.

“We were very thankful that the City helped clear out the debris in a prompt manner,” Raker said.

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