September 2018
3 Days until the 17th Annual Spicket River Cleanup
Please join us and hundreds of volunteers on Saturday, September 15 for one of the  largest volunteer events in the city to clean up the Spicket River and the Greenway. We welcome volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family! We also welcome businesses, churches, schools, and community organizations to volunteer as groups.

For more information, please email

Thank you to all our sponsors!
Greenway 5K a Huge Success

We are thrilled that so many people came out on Sunday, August 12 for a fantastic Greenway 5K. More than 100 folks of all ages joined us as we walked, ran, and celebrated the Spicket River Greenway. Here are photos from the event, and here are final times.

A big thanks to lead sponsor New Balance Foundation for their continued support of Groundwork and our shared mission of promoting health and  wellness for children and families. 


Thank you, as well, to the Professional Center for Child Development and Lawrence General Hospital for their generous support.

Save the date for next year - August 11, 2019!
Support GWL through the Feaster Five

This year, Groundwork Lawrence was selected as a charitable partner for the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race, held annually in Andover, which regularly hosts nearly 10,000 participants. When you register for the Feaster Five, we hope you will also choose to donate to Groundwork Lawrence. Interested in becoming a sponsor to support Groundwork? Email Sharon for more info. 

GWL Welcomes Matt, Ed. Program Manager

Matt Morin joined the GWL team in July 2018 as the Education Program Manager and will be managing Groundwork Lawrence's Green Team. He's been delivering experiential programs for over 15 years, is passionate about progressive education and the success of local businesses. An active member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), Matt serves on its advisory committee for the northeast region.  He has a long history in non-profit work and an education to match. While at the University of New Hampshire he earned a degree in Community Service and Leadership and worked towards a degree in Outdoor Education. We are thrilled for Matt to join the team!
Green Streets Crew Plants 400+ Trees 

This summer, the GWL Green Streets crew planted 407 trees in Lawrence. Green Streets is an innovative initiative that aims to reduce energy consumption by drastically increasing the urban tree canopy in Lawrence. This helps counter the urban heat island effect, effectively cooling down streets and neighborhoods. Check out this Eagle Tribune article, profiling the success of Green Streets. 

The Green Streets crew is gearing up for their fall planting season, offering free trees to residents in the South Common, Arlington, and Colonial Heights neighborhoods. If you live in one of these neighborhoods and you're interested in learning how easy it is to get a free tree, please contact us today
Trails & Sails September 22 and 23

GWL is hosting  2 events as part of the 150+ free events offered through  Essex Heritage's TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, to be held September 21-23 and 28-30. TRAILS & SAILS is Essex Heritage's annual celebration of the myriad historic, cultural, and natural places found within the Essex National Heritage Area.  Join GWL on Sept. 22 for a  Spicket Greenway walk and Sept. 23 for a  hike through Den Rock Park.   
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area (ENHA) and promotes recreation, education, conservation, and interpretation projects. ENHA is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit or call (978) 740-0444.

For more Trails & Sails events happening throughout Essex County, check out
Check out our Calendar for upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities.