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Frankford residents are rolling up their sleeves

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Mem­bers of the Frank­ford Parks Group — and any­body else who wants to help out — will tend to a few small neigh­bor­hood parks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sat­urday in ob­serv­ance of Love Your Park Week, as well as the fol­low­ing Sat­urday, May 19.

Kim­berly Wash­ing­ton, pres­id­ent of the group, said vo­lun­teers will work com­post from the Pennsylvania Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety in­to the ground at the Hedge Street Park, Hedge and Plum streets, on Sat­urday.

“We’re also go­ing to cut the grass, plant a few things and clean up the bas­ket­ball court,” she said.

The group also will put three new raised beds in a small park at Wilmot and Tack­awanna streets, and plant ve­get­ables. Two beds were as­sembled and planted dur­ing the city’s spring cleanup day at the same site on April 14. Cu­cum­bers, lettuce, pep­pers, cab­bage, green beans and to­ma­toes were put in dur­ing the cleanup day.

It’s a com­munity garden, Wash­ing­ton said, and neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents are in­vited to help them­selves when the ve­get­ables are ready for pick­ing.

At Wilmot Park, at Mead­ow and Mul­berry streets, vo­lun­teers will spread mulch around re­cently planted shrubs and trees and clean up the pock­et park as well on May 19. Work will con­tin­ue on that day at the com­munity garden at Tack­awanna and Wilmot streets, Wash­ing­ton said.

All three parks were worked on dur­ing the April 14 spring cleanup.

“More loc­al people are get­ting in­volved” in main­tain­ing Frank­ford’s small parks, Wash­ing­ton said. People who live near the parks have really been pitch­ing in, as have mem­bers of the Frank­ford Garden Club, she ad­ded. ••

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