Coast Guardsmen clean Cleveland’s Edgewater Park

Photo of Edgewater Park cleanup

CLEVELAND - Coast Guard civilian employee Crystal Kinnaird scours the beach for trash at Edgewater Park in Cleveland while participating in a park cleanup event with 13 other Coast Guard men and women from the Cleveland area June 2, 2011.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

Fourteen Coast Guard men and women based in Cleveland spent a couple hours Thursday afternoon picking up garbage and removing invasive garlic mustard plants from Cleveland’s Edgewater Park. The group collected seven bags of trash, including hypodermic needles and other hazardous debris, from the shoreline as well as the park’s wooded trail, and removed several large bunches of the garlic mustard.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessie Munroe said she organized the event in an effort to make a positive impact on the environment and keep the park around for many years to come.

Photo of Edgewater Park cleanup

CLEVELAND - Coast Guard civilian employee Crystal Kinnaird and Petty Officer 2nd Class Tom Forester carry bags of garbage up a trail at Edgewater Park in Cleveland while participating in a park cleanup event with 12 other Coast Guard men and women from the Cleveland area June 2, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

“Maybe if we keep Cleveland beautiful, Mother Nature will go easy on us in the winter,” she said. “Clevelanders are lucky to have Edgewater Park.”