Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2021

Calling Volunteers to Help Clean Up Conant Park in Hillside, September 18

Cleanup project in Hillside is part of a project involving several parks along the Elizabeth River.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of County Commissioners in partnership with the company United by Blue and other community partners invites residents to join in a cleanup project at Conant Park in Hillside, taking place on Saturday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Online pre-registration is strongly recommended at https://unitedbyblue.com/pages/join-a-cleanup. Walk-ins are also welcome to register at the site beginning at 10:00 a.m. (entrance to park is directly off of Conant Avenue).

The event features a visit from Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center and giveaways from the Bureau of Recycling.

“The Commissioner Board appreciates all of the residents who are coming together to help clean up the Elizabeth River in Hillside,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “As these clean-ups are family friendly and ability inclusive, feel free to bring the entire family.”

“United by Blue is taking the lead with partners like Union County Board of Commissioners to help maintain a clean and welcoming space at Conant Park, which is the centerpiece of many community gatherings to enjoy nature and the park amenities. Collaborating with residents and volunteers is always rewarding for all who contribute to the beauty of one the many parks in the county, and I am proud to support this effort in making a difference for the environment, too.” said Union County Commissioner and Hillside resident Dr. Angela R. Garretson.

Keeping the parks along the Elizabeth River free of litter is important because windblown items from land can easily fall into the river and flow into Newark Bay, where it is harder to recover and a greater threat to wildlife.

All cleanup supplies will be provided by United by Blue, including gloves, bags, safety materials, and reusable cleanup supplies. The supplies are industrially cleaned between uses, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own supplies if they feel more comfortable

Volunteers are reminded to wear closed toed shoes and clothes that may get dirty. Long pants and bug spray are highly encouraged.

Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles. A water station will be available at the site to refill the bottles.

Although this event is fully outdoors, participants should bring a mask in case of close proximity situations.

United by Blue is a clothing brand that provides sustainable fashion for all. Striving for cleaner oceans and waterway, for every product purchased, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. Please visit https://unitedbyblue.com/ for more information.

For more information please contact Union County’s Department of Parks and registration at 908-527-4900.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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