Residents get Byram Beach squeaky clean

From left, State Rep. Steve Walko, Joe Siciliano, Mary Hull, Sue Rogers, Mike Bocchino and Ignacio Gonzalez took part in the recent cleanup of Byram Beach.

From left, State Rep. Steve Walko, Joe Siciliano, Mary Hull, Sue Rogers, Mike Bocchino and Ignacio Gonzalez took part in the recent cleanup of Byram Beach.

Spring cleaning extended all the way to Byram Beach in May where roughly 50 residents gathered to brighten up the area.

The volunteers, who ranged in age from elementary school students to senior citizens, represented a diverse cross section of Greenwich who came out to support the beautification effort, which was spearheaded by the Junior League of Greenwich in partnership with the Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation and Greenwich Green & Clean.

In addition to the Junior League’s Greenwich Pool and Byram Park Project committee the planting and clean-up project drew other league members as well as Joe Siciliano, director of the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Bill Burgess, operations manager for the town’s Parks and Trees Division, Anthony Chiappetta, Byram Park’s foreman, Mary Hull, executive director of Green & Clean, State Rep. Stephen Walko (R-150th), along with his wife Alex, daughter Nicole and son Christopher, who are Byram residents, and Mike Bocchino, chairman of the Byram Neighborhood Association.

Other groups represented included Greenwich Police Explorers, New Lebanon PTA, Greenwich PTA Council Green Schools, Greenwich Conservation Commission, Representative Town Meeting, Greenwich Land Trust and students from Greenwich High School, Western Middle School and Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon Elementary Schools.

The group planted beach grass and flowers along the fence at the parking lot facing Long Island Sound, creating a beautiful vista which will grow in nicely as the seasons progress. Several planters were filled with bright flowers at the entrance to the beach. The group spread new mulch in the playground area, which not only gave new life to the hot spot for children, but also increased the safety by cushioning the area.

A large part of the afternoon was spent on clearing the beach of rocks and debris thereby creating a more comfortable relaxation area for beach dwellers. Of significant visual impact was the removal of hundreds of feet of dead ivy that obscured the rock wall behind the beach pavilion. The beach debris and the ivy filled an entire town of Greenwich flatbed.

For more information, contact Emily Sternberg, president of the Junior League of Greenwich at [email protected]

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