Spring cleanups just around the corner


More North­east res­id­ents are go­ing to be in­volved in or­gan­ized ef­forts to tidy up their neigh­bor­hoods dur­ing the city’s fifth an­nu­al spring cleanup this Sat­urday.

Vo­lun­teers are wel­come. Most ef­forts start at about 9 a.m. and run to the early af­ter­noon. Some groups are try­ing to launch reg­u­lar neigh­bor­hood cleanups by par­ti­cip­at­ing in Sat­urday’s city­wide event.

Check out the fol­low­ing list to see if there is a group near you:

Row­land Av­en­ue from Har­tel to Shef­field Av­en­ue;

Frank­ford Av­en­ue between Levick and Shef­field;

Russo Park, Cottman and Tor­res­dale;

Academy Road between the po­lice sta­tion at Red Li­on Road and the fire­house at Comly Road;

Tor­res­dale Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 9550 Frank­ford Ave.;

Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, Rhawn and Dit­man streets;

Max My­ers Play­ground, 1601 Heller­man St.;

Roosevelt Play­ground, 6455 Walk­er St.;

Sixty-second Ward Re­pub­lic­an Com­mit­tee, Tor­res­dale and Har­bison;

Ta­cony Creek Park, Bing­ham and Ruscomb streets (10 a.m.);

Roosevelt Boulevard and Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue.

SEPTA will be clean­ing up the Frank­ford Trans­port­a­tion Cen­ter, the Mar­garet-Or­tho­dox El stop and the Fox Chase Re­gion­al Rail sta­tion.

Groups pick up trash, which is col­lec­ted by the Streets De­part­ment. Some or­gan­iz­a­tions have ar­ranged to get city-sup­plied shovels, brooms, rakes and trash bags. Oth­ers take the event bey­ond poli­cing their neigh­bor­hoods by plant­ing flowers and shrubs, mulch­ing beds and paint­ing park benches.

Even though the city is mak­ing some sup­plies avail­able, in­clud­ing work gloves, some vo­lun­teers might want to bring their own gloves and tools they feel com­fort­able us­ing.

Last week, the North­east Times re­por­ted sev­er­al oth­er groups will be clean­ing up the area in and around the Light­house Soc­cer Club fields at Southamp­ton Road and the Boulevard; the 1300 block of As­ton Place; Gif­ford Play­ground; Pe­gas­us Rid­ing Academy; Park­wood; Frank­ford near Mead­ow and Mul­berry; Over­ing­ton Park; Simpson Play­ground; Wissi­nom­ing Park; May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground; and Ta­cony, start­ing at the loc­al lib­rary branch, 6742 Tor­res­dale Ave. ••

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.phillys­pringcleanup.com

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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