Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spectacular Park Serve Day on Spectacle Island!

Superintendent Bruce Jacobson of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park,
Deputy Commissioner Jack Murray of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and
Vice President Susan Fagan of Coca-Cola greet volunteers at Long Wharf.

On Saturday, April 21 dozens of volunteers from Coca-Cola teamed up with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a community service project on Spectacle Island during the first-ever Coca-Cola Scholars National Day of Service as part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Park Serve Day 2012.
Coca-Cola Scholars and volunteers at Spectacle Island
The trip out to the island was amazing! Though the day was cloudy as we boarded the boat, the skies had cleared by the time we arrived at Spectacle Island, to help get the island ready for the season.

 I loved seeing the Boston skyline from the water and other Boston Harbor landmarks like Pleasure Bay and Castle Island. We were greeted by many warm and friendly faces from the DCR. Our group broke out into smaller teams and helped by moving brush, removing trash, and weeding. The work was challenging, but it was rewarding to see how quickly a group of dedicated people could work together and finish a project.

Spectacle Island caretaker Alan Rilla, with Coca-Cola Scholars
Carl Kubler, Carolina Beltran, and Danni Xie

Ann Champagne
All in all, it was a great day, the sun came out, and everyone had fun! This trip made me really see how many great outdoor opportunities are around Boston and I hope to return to Spectacle Island in the near future!

Group photo at the end of the day at the top of Spectacle Island
with Boston Harbor and the city in the background

Thanks to everyone who came to help out and make the day such a great success!


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