Rocks Village Cleanup Saturday April 18

Rocks Village Cleanup Saturday April 18


The area we are cleaning is Ferry Park in West Newbury.  It is a beautiful stretch of the Merrimack River just upstream of Rocks Bridge. This bend of the river is a natural deposit point for river-born plastic.  Please join us on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM to provide a little stewardship to this picturesque spot on the tidal Merrimack.You can find directions and FAQs below, but feel free to send me an e-mail at if you have any questions.

Thank you for donating your time to a worthwhile cause.

Frequently Asked Questions

“How do I get there?”
Ferry Park is located just upstream of the West Newbury side of Rocks Bridge, approximately where Church Street and Bridge Street intersect. For exact directions, click on the map above; the QR code is for the parking area on Church Street and will allow your smart phone to map exact directions from your location.“Where can I park?”
Please click on map above for details.

“How big is the area we are cleaning up?”
The area is about 1/3 mile long x 50′ wide.  Click on map above for aerial photo.

“What should I bring?”
Work gloves and trash bags will be available. A pocket knife can be handy to cut rope. Most debris is near the high water mark so a pair of waders or high boots can be helpful (waders are not necessary to participate — there’s plenty of trash on dry land).

“What concerns should I be aware of while participating?”
The cars run pretty fast along Church street so please be careful and keep an eye on children near the road. Pants and long sleeves are a good idea while picking trash out of the brush as there is some poison ivy. Most of the trash along the water’s edge consists of plastic and styrofoam but there is some jagged debris — please use common sense when handling glass and metal. The banks are steep in some areas so sturdy footwear is a must.

“Are there bathrooms at the park?”
Unfortunately no; you will have to drive approximately 1 mile into town to use a business’s rest room.

“Is there a rain date?”
The cleanup will take place in inclement weather (barring torrential rain or if the river is exceptionally high). Please look to this blog for announcements leading up to the date.

“What do we do with the trash we pick up?”
We will leave our bagged trash in a couple of big piles along the roadside. The West Newbury DPW will pick it up.

“Who can I contact if I have questions?”
Please e-mail Eric Roach at


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1 Comment
  • Eric Roach
    Posted at 12:17h, 18 April

    A big thank you to the Surfcasters who came out this morning to cleanup Ferry Park (Rock’s Village) in West Newbury. There were about 8-9 of us, which made short work of it.

    The river was moving pretty good from the upstream runoff, but it would be a stretch to call it high. The water clarity was surprisingly good. We were at the bottom of the tide so we didn’t fish.

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