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Haverhill, MA 01830


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Haverhill Goes Green! 2012

Haverhill's Brightside is proud to host the third annual Haverhill Goes Green! environmental fair at GAR Park and the Citizens' Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

And don't forget Haverhill Earth Day City-wide Cleanup! on Saturday, April 21.

Numerous organizations have taken on sponsorship/management of entire sectors of the Haverhill Goes Green! event and we thank them for helping to make this a premier city event:

  • Team Haverhill – Farming and Farmer's Market
  • MVCC – Energy
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Merrimack Valley Hospital
    Events will include:

    Green Business Idea Contest!

    Information & Entry form for the Green Business Idea contest for students grades 9 – 12
    Photo Contest Information for students grades 5 – 12

    For additional information contact John Michitson

  • Smarter Planet Challenge for Student Entrepreneurs – This year we will be working with the Merrimack Valley Sandbox to take the Green Business Idea contest to the next level. Teams of students and mentors/advisors will compete for stage 1 "venture" funding in Feb-April timeframe, with all teams showcased and winners for stage 1 funding announced at HGG. The winning projects will have until June to complete stage 1 projects and compete for stage 2 funding in the Fall. The grants will be $250 - $500.
    The theme will be to show how their ventures will contribute to a smarter and more sustainable planet, and to translate the net benefits to terms that people understand, such as generating enough commercial tax revenue to fund an additional teacher, police officer, or to better maintain a building!
  • Speakers – Learn about new advances in green technologies. Al Gore's group will be sending a speaker
  • Film Screenings – To be determined.
  • Live Music – A unique children band from the area will be performing live.
  • Children's Activities – HGG is all about a better world for our kids, and we give them all the attention we can with crafts and activities to engage and inspire – by far the most popular part of the fair.
  • Vendors – Participants at the event will include non-profit organizations, school organizations, local businesses, and others that will represent green ideas across a spectrum of goods and services.
  • Prospective sponsors, participants and vendors: please go to our Haverhill Goes Green! page for detailed information and applications.

    Bradford Rail Trail

    Located on the southern bank of the Merrimack River between Roma's restaurant and the new Comeau Bridge in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the Bradford Rail Trail offers visitors an opportunity to see a new perspective of Haverhill.

    Someone is going to have a cool railroad spike to mount on their wall soon! The winner of the Bradford Rail Trail logo contest will be chosen in January 2012.

    Visit our website or contactbradfordrailtrail for more information.

    Community Gardens

    New community gardens will be sprouting this year. One along the river near Lupita's Tacos, and others being planned by Emmaus House, Girls, Inc., and John Harding?

    Burial Grounds

    The Halloween 2011 snowstorm wreaked havoc in the Merrimack Valley and downed trees and limbs put many headstones at risk in our historic Bradford and Pentucket burial grounds. Fortunately Brightside's Burial Ground committee secured a state grant for tree and branch removal.

    But preserving these important Haverhill historical sites is a never-ending task and volunteers and donations are always needed and apprciated. Contact the Burial Grounds Committee to lend your support.


    It’s amazing how a pretty patch of flowers on a little island in a sea of asphalt and concrete can improve your mood as you drive or walk by. Spreading that emotional response is the impetus behind our Adopt-a-Park program.

    There are 8 web pages here detailing the sites; their locations, availability for adoption, and photos—you can navigate to them via our Adopt-a-Park page.

    If you live near an Adopt-a-Park site, or travel a route that takes you past one on a regular basis, please consider adopting it, raising some plants and flowers and harvesting smiles of appreciation. Just fill out this application and e-mail it to


    Brightside Bloomfest results, Spring 2011, Downtown River Walk