A Red Bank-owned lot at the foot of Maple Avenue got a sprucing up by about dozen volunteers who cleared a path between a small parking lot and the water’s edge Sunday.

Out came chunks of broken concrete, an old bicycle and even a sink. And there’s still lots more in there, hidden among the vegetation, they say.

The property was the focus of attention recently when borough officials considered selling it, but then shelved the idea when faced with opposition by small-craft boaters and environmentalists. They say it is the only spot in town that gives the public direct access to the water.

Cindy Burnham, of Fair Haven, and Matt Downs, of Mechanic Street, who spearheaded the cleanup, said they’ll now push for a commitment by the borough to enhance the site to encourage public use, including as a kayak and canoe launch.

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