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Spring cleaning at Pope Park in Hartford

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HARTFORD - Saturday's beautiful weather had volunteers out in full force to clean up Hartford parks.

One group helped clean up Pope Park and planted trees and bushes along the road.

More than 100 volunteers, from young people to senior citizens, planted five shade trees and 40 chokeberry bushes, and cleaned up debris and trash around the park.

This event is a yearly group effort shared by non-profit environmental groups in Hartford.

The group that organized today's event also organizes events at 20 community gardens throughout the state.

"I think it's really important to initiate the love of service," said Outreach Manager Nicola Allen Knox. "I think that, as we grow our young children - the fact that they learn to volunteer - we'll have better neighborhoods, better communities and a better city because they understand what it means to serve and to contribute to the city in which they live."

Pope Park is open to the public and during the spring and summer concerts are held in the park.