PHOTOS! Halls Pond cleanup was a 'walk in the park'


Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home — it’s for your community too. Neighbors across West Hempstead came together to give Halls Pond Park some much-deserved extra love.

The cleanup, organized by the West Hempstead Community Support Association, is a way to “spend time together and help beautify our community,” Maureen Greenberg-Mahoney, WHCSA president, said.

“It shows the pride we have to keep our neighborhood looking the best we can.”

The biannual cleanup isn’t just a way to make the neighborhood sparkle. It’s also a way to get young people involved in community service, and show them what it means to take pride in your home.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts came out with garbage bags and rakes to whip Halls Pond Park into tip-top shape. High school students participate as well, and earn community service hours they need to graduate.

“It is always great to see young people learning about how they can be part of the community,” Greenberg-Mahoney said, “and how the adults are teaching them that, as an adult, we still give time to our community.”