Vernon Holzwarth with the Golden K Kiwanis unwraps a mess of grass and weeds that got tangled around his Weed Eater on Saturday while clearing batting cages behind the YMCA on Stanford Street.

Dozens of volunteers showed up on an overcast morning to clean up the YMCA facilities Saturday on Stanford Street.

In fact, the YMCA got so much support that Abra Kent, the group’s executive director, expanded the list of things to clean up.

“I’m so excited. I’ve never had a clean-up day like this before,” Kent said. “Usually it’s just a few volunteers from the Y, but this year we’ve got help from everybody.”

Civic groups that volunteered to help included Keep Greenville Beautiful, the Golden K, Noonday Rotary, Daybreak Rotary and the Kiwanis Club. The YMCA also had help from the City of Greenville and a local landscaping company, Thank Heavens for Evans Lawn Care and More.

Kent said enough people volunteered that some indoor tasks could be added to the original list of projects outside the YMCA building. While some people worked on landscaping, clearing overgrown bushes and repairing batting cages outside, others picked up paintbrushes to give the inside of the YMCA a clean, fresh look.

“The main thing is cleaning up the baseball and soccer fields. They were in pretty bad shape,” Kent said. “We play our games at the SportsPark, which has really nice fields. Now that we have a great place to play, we need a great place to practice, too.”

Kent said she was surprised at the community’s response.

“I didn’t have any idea the community would get behind us like this,” she said. “It’s the first time we’ve really asked the community for help on clean-up day, and it’s wonderful to see so many people out here helping us this time.”

Bonnie Stewart, president of Keep Greenville Beautiful, said her organization was glad to help.

“It’s a good partnership with the Y,” she said. “The Y will have nicer facilities out here, so it’s a good benefit for the Y and for the kids.”

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