Hundreds volunteer for Philadelphia spring cleanup

PHILADELPHIA - April 5, 2014

It's that time again, time for spring cleaning in the city, and in Philadelphia it has become a yearly tradition.

"This is really what quality of life of our city, the volunteer spirit which is so strong here in Philadelphia," said Mayor Michael Nutter.

The mayor, with the help of Eagles Linebacker Connor Barwin, kicked off the 7th Annual Spring Clean Up by painting the grounds of the Gideon School in the 2800 block of Glenwood Avenue.

There are 600 project sites across the city including one at Broad and Lehigh.

The cleanup included 14 stops for almost 700 SEPTA employees and their families along with approximately 200 City Year Corps members with brooms, shovels, rakes and trash bags.

Neighbors in Bridesburg say the rough winter did not help.

"I think from all the salting and the snow that we had, we just haven't had a good spring weekend yet. There are a lot of leaves still because we had so much snow," said Patty-P Kozlowski.

She says she plans to do it again to keep her neighborhood clean and her neighbors close.

"They came out and everyone got new recycling bins, they got tools, rakes, shovels, brooms and we met out neighbors. It was almost like a mini block party," said Kozlowski.

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