Americana Drive Cleanups

Cleanup - March 24, 2024


West End Rugby Team with the mountain of rubbish they collected.

Our cleanup was postponed for one day due to drenching rains, but we we had clear skies and crisp early spring weather today. The Springfield Youth Club's West End Rugby Team, along with coaches and family, provided the volunteers for today, which focused on the dumping site near the tennis courts. This area had been relatively clean after our February 19th cleanup, but presented a disheartening sight when we arrived, with freshly dumped materials spilling down the slope.

Mountaineering skills were on display as the team deployed ropes to aid in moving up and down the slope and for pulling tires up to street level. By the time we finished, we had a pile of 20 trash bags, 47 tires, 1 sofa section, 1 folding chair, one car bumper, and an estimated 1.5 tons of construction debris (mostly lumber and paving blocks). Thank you West End Rugby!

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Presidents Day Cleanup - February 19, 2024


On Presidents Day a group of 62 volunteers turned out to address the chronic problem of dumping and heavy littering along Americana Drive. We had an excellent day for working outdoors, with cloudless skies and temperatures rising into the high 40's. As usual, the project was in cooperation with the Fairfax County Restoration Project. We were also supported by The Vistas apartments. We were also pleased to be joined by Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Clerk of the Circuit Court Chris Falcon, and Deputy Director of Code Compliance Ben Aiken.

We were joined by groups from Covanta and the Prince of Peace Church Youth Group.

Operation Stream Shield, a Fairfax County work program for shelter residents, makes our task easier by making regular visits to clean along Americana Drive. Unfortunately, the dumpers and litterbugs are at work 24/7.

In three hours of work, the volunteers removed 155 bags of trash, 5 chairs, 3 lamps, 4 tires, 1 extension ladder, 1 oxygen tank, 1 5-quart bottle of used motor oil, 1 Toyota grille, 1 bottle jack, 1 mannequin head, 1 toilet seat, 1 old 9mm shell casing, and a guesstimated total of 2 tons of (mostly) construction debris.

Mannequin head found along Americana Drive

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