Spicket River Cleanup

Join Us Saturday September 13th for the 13th Annual Spicket River Cleanup!


12th Annual Spicket River Cleanup -- a great success!


Thank you to the 400 volunteers who came out to help clean the Spicket River! With water levels down, our crew was able to remove 5, 30-yard dumpsters worth of garbage from the river and surrounding parks. We even planted 800 bulbs which will beautify the city for years to come.

Check out photos from the 2013 Spicket River Cleanup by clicking here.

Spicket River 2013 Sponsors


We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors who made this event possible including:
Harvester Level:

Cropper Level: TD Bank
Sower Level: Winn Development, Spector Textiles, Rumbo
Friend Level: Mainstream Global, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, E.L. Harvey, Covanta, Farmer Dave's

The Spicket River Greenway


Greenway OverviewThe Spicket River Greenway, envisioned by our community as a three-mile long “emerald bracelet” of green spaces and walking paths that connect parks and neighborhoods, represents a series of infrastructure, program, and stewardship investments made by Groundwork Lawrence and the City of Lawrence that are helping to meet the many challenges facing our community. A former mill city in northeastern Massachusetts, Lawrence residents experience high rates of poverty, unemployment, foreclosure, and preventable disease, especially among our lowest-income Latinos who comprise over 70% of our population. The Greenway vision, derived from a multi-year collaborative planning effort led by Groundwork, was identified first in 1998 and continues to serve as a guiding strategy for achieving multiple goals associated with creating a more healthy community. With staunch public support for better riverfront and recreational access, increased walkability, and a healthier natural resource habitat in mind, Groundwork Lawrence has led a persistent, multi-faceted campaign to: advocate for enforcement efforts against illegal dumping with a youth-led Clean Spicket Campaign; raise awareness about the river and its recreational potential; clear invasive species from the river’s edge; improve its habitat with newly-planted natives; and challenge the community to engage in direct action to wholly reclaim our Spicket River.

The Cleanup in Context of the Wider Greenway Initiative


Hayden Schofield-Sloped BoardwalkGroundwork Lawrence’s and our partners’ investments in the Spicket River Cleanup over the past few years have helped propel our multi-year Spicket River Greenway campaign, too. Since 2002, Groundwork has engaged over 6,000 residents, students, and local corporations in clearing 110+ tons of debris and over 3,650 tires from the banks of the Spicket River with eleven annual Cleanups. Concurrently, Groundwork has served as project manager to the City of Lawrence, and as such, has leveraged millions in public funds and facilitated the design and construction of four new parks along the Spicket River, including two prominent brownfield-to-park transformations. The greenway is currently in final construction thanks to a $2.65 million investment made by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gateway City Parks program and matching Lawrence CDBG funds. Indeed, the Spicket River Greenway has inched from vision toward reality thanks to the investment of over $12+ million in public funds on riverfront open space projects, generous donations of cash and in-kind resources, and thousands of ardent volunteer stewardship hours completed during our annual Spicket River Cleanups.