By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of people spent the afternoon cleaning up Philadelphia on Saturday.

Over 350 groups participated in the city’s fifth annual Philly Spring Cleanup.

“We’re picking up trash, we’re raking open areas, and we’re painting over graffiti,” says
Deputy Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.

Williams says the Philly Spring Cleanup has truly evolved over the past five years.

“We have over 45,000 volunteers. It has grown tremendously. Last year, we broke the record of over 252 registered projects. This year we have over 350 registered projects so it shows you how much it’s growing since we started it initially in 2008 under Mayor Nutter.”

Rachel Bicksler is a site coordinator who helped organized the group in the Italian Market and she says with the lovely weather

“We had a lot of people come by and stop by and said thank you in the neighborhood so that was really nice to see and they were very happy that we were doing it.”

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