At 9 a.m. the rain was pouring down heavily. And despite that, some 30 people volunteered their time to go into Springside Park and clean up litter and debris left behind.
The annual park cleanup has hit a milestone with this being its 30th year. The effort is all volunteer and organized by the Friends of Springside Park.
On a cold and windy morning, some 40 volunteers gave up their afternoon to spruce up Clapp Park.
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity organized the clean up as part of its neighborhood revitalization efforts. Lowe's, Habitat for Humanity's national partner, awarded the local organization $40,000 to invest back into west Pittsfield.
At noon on Tuesday, all of the Berkshire Bank branches and operational centers closed.
But, those employees were not far away. In Pittsfield, 150 of them could be found in a vacant storefront on Merrill Road wearing hard hats and putting together wall panels for the soon to be construction of Habitat for Humanity's six-unit Gordon Demming. Others were at the former St. Mark's school cleaning up the playgrounds for Hillcrest Education.
Chairman Hugh Daley opened the meeting by talking about an incident over the weekend when he witnessed local youth Teague Murphy selflessly wade into the Green River to remove some construction materials that had been thrown into the water.
The Board of Health thinks a community cleanup campaign will renew a sense of pride in the town.
Member Bruce Shepley said in his own neighborhood, he took it upon himself to mow unsightly properties and alert the authorities when late-night loitering becomes a nuisance.