April 12, 2017

Editorial: Want to make Worcester a better place? Step up by stepping out

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Elm Park Bridge

Sun Staff/The Worcester Sun

The Myra Hiatt Kraft Memorial Footbridge at Elm Park

Volunteers have done their part and Mother Nature is doing hers. If you live, work or play in Worcester, the rest is up to you.

The Regional Environmental Council’s 28th annual Earth Day cleanup last Saturday saw more than 1,000 volunteers clear 50 tons of trash from more than 60 public spaces throughout the city. Blue sky and above-average temperatures earlier this week sent an unmistakable signal that spring is here. Thus, it’s as good a time as any to remind people that the responsibility of making Worcester a better city and community ultimately falls to its residents.

In other words, now is the time for you to step up by stepping out.

There are personal benefits of enjoying the more than 60 parks and playgrounds throughout the city, to be sure. Better physical health and mental well-being top the list.

Lesser known are the civic benefits.

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