Friends of Pennypack Park shines during latest cleanup

Vo­lun­teers with the Friends of Pennypack Park re­moved 84 bags of trash, six bags of re­cyc­lable cans and nu­mer­ous oth­er loose items from the park in two cleanup events on May 28 and June 25.

On the more re­cent date, 22 work­ers cleaned the area of the park along Row­land Av­en­ue from Solly Av­en­ue to Welsh Road and from Welsh Road to Rhawn Street, along with nearby dirt and bike paths and new tree-plant­ing areas.

The vo­lun­teers in­cluded Jim and Sandy Stew­art, Tim and Jeanette Scan­lan, Bob McMunn, Alan Os­trow, Ro­land Wil­li­ams, Joanne Beck­er, Linda Dav­ies, Krystle and Ju­lenna Walsh, Kar­en Kaczorek, An­drew Puzdrak, Dav­id Dlugosz, Ren­ee Co­hen, Jim Ry­an, Jim Smyth, Kev­in Sweetra, Joyce Fer­rero, Sheila Gross­man, Florence Brod­man and Nance Kerns.

In ad­di­tion to re­mov­ing trash, vo­lun­teers learned that a set of pub­lic re­strooms in the park had been van­dal­ized and found the res­ult­ing debris nearby, in­clud­ing three sinks, dozens of pieces of cinderb­lock, two doors with met­al grates, a sec­tion of a ur­in­al and a toi­let seat.

Vo­lun­teers also found that a neigh­bor of the park had placed sev­er­al trash cans along Cresco Av­en­ue in an ef­fort to en­cour­age park users to stop lit­ter­ing. The cans were not bought or placed by the city’s Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment.

On the May date, which co­in­cided with Me­mori­al Day week­end, vo­lun­teers covered the Sandy Run, Up­per Rhawn Street Bridge, Lin­coln High School and Mee­han Middle School areas. They in­cluded Grace, Jo­hanna, Mat­thew, Mike and Lida Hiegl; Jack­ie Olson; Betty Landolfi; Gi­ana, Domin­ic and Jason Lu­cini; Caitlin, Susan, Tom and An­drew Sco­tar­czak; Ry­an Florek; Olena Dudych; Le­ona, Lorenzo, Selena, Ju­li­ana and Ant­o­nio Don­ado; Son­dra Green­berg; George Scholl; Audrey Walms­ley; Mary Jane Roberts; Bill Hende­r­son; and Kev­in Sweetra, along with many of the June par­ti­cipants.

The next or­gan­ized park cleanup will be on Sat­urday, Ju­ly 23, at Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pub­lic is wel­come to par­ti­cip­ate. Vo­lun­teers should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

The Friends of Pennypack Park will sup­ply tools, snacks and re­fresh­ments. 

In case of rain or ex­treme heat, call 215-934-PARK for up­dated in­form­a­tion. ••

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