Pennypack Park cleanup is a success


More than 20 vo­lun­teers par­ti­cip­ated in the Friends of Pennypack Park’s monthly park cleanup on April 30, col­lect­ing 25 bags of trash, three bags of re­cyc­lable cans and nu­mer­ous large items that had been dis­carded in the park.

The group, which cel­eb­rated the an­nu­al Earth Day, fo­cused its ef­forts along Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue, between Ry­an and Solly av­en­ues, as well as Rhawn Street, from Lex­ing­ton to Hol­me­hurst Av­en­ue.

Vo­lun­teers in­cluded Robert McMunn, Alan Os­trow, Fath­er Judge stu­dents Alex Citer­one and An­thony Perez, Ro­man Cath­ol­ic stu­dent Bill Bur­gess and his mom Di­ane Bur­gess, Joelle Stein­metz, James and Sandy Stew­art, Dana Nguy­en and her daugh­ter Taylor, Charlie Troy, Deb O’Con­nor, Linda Dav­ies, Leo Magazzu III and his dog Max, Russ Sheh­in­sky, Kev­in Sweetra, Jim Smyth, Jim Ry­an, Florence Brod­man, Sheila Gross­man, Nance Kerns and FOPP Pres­id­ent Linde Lauff.

The Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram dis­posed of the col­lec­ted trash.

Some of the more un­ex­pec­ted debris found in the park in­cluded a car tire and rim, a piece of a trel­lis, a soup spoon, a yard sale sign, a cir­cu­lar saw blade, a house key on a St. Hubert’s lan­yard, lawn fur­niture, 25 feet of garden edging, one flip-flop, three T-shirts, a tank top, two pair of un­der­wear bot­toms, a winter coat, a scarf, a hub­cap, a car fend­er, a pul­ley, part of a car tire, a soft­ball cov­er, a baby doll’s leg, a glass Pep­si bottle, an ex­pired pub­lic trans­it pass, a high school love let­ter, a mat­tress store sign, a buck­et, a min­ib­linds box, a TV box, a pad­lock, an air freshen­er and an un­opened bottle of Drano.

The fol­low­ing day, FOPP mem­bers re­turned to the park after learn­ing that someone had short-dumped pieces of slate. Mem­bers re­trieved the items with plans of re-us­ing them as garden paths in their own yards.

Not­ing that Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue, between Ry­an Av­en­ue and Rhawn Street, is a com­mon dump­ing ground for yard waste, FOPP mem­bers ask that wit­nesses to dump­ing call 911 im­me­di­ately to re­port the crime.

The FOPP will hold its next park cleanup on Sat­urday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sandy Run (Ry­an Av­en­ue and Sandy­ford Road, next to Aus­tin Mee­han Middle School).

In case of in­clement weath­er, call 215-934-PARK to learn the post­pone­ment status.


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