Groups seek to clean up Water Works Park

first_imgConcerns about neglect and safety at Vancouver’s Water Works Park have galvanized the city and four neighborhood associations to work together to clean up, drive out crime and organize family-friendly events at the 20-acre park.Leaders from Central Park, Maplewood, Rose Village and Fourth Plain Village neighborhood associations have formed the Central Park Activities Committee to spearhead the action plan. Residents from Harney Heights also are participating in the effort.The committee’s long-range vision involves a series of improvements, including adding or improving park amenities and hosting family-friendly entertainment. Committee members have set a meeting for Feb. 6 with city employees to discuss some of the committee’s proposals.“They’re really motivated to clean up the park and make it a more family-friendly place, which is wonderful,” said Jessica Antoine, an outreach coordinator with the city’s Urban Forestry department.Despite persistent rain, 43 volunteers participated in a Jan. 17 event the committee organized to clean up the park, which is located at Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain Boulevard in the Central Park neighborhood, said Central Park resident Colleen Neel. Volunteers worked two-hour shifts picking up litter, removing plant debris and scrubbing down memorial plaques and other park features. Meanwhile, the city provided garbage bags and containers to dispose of yard debris.last_img read more