Volunteers haul trash from Pennypack Park

Vo­lun­teers col­lec­ted 30 bags of trash dur­ing a re­cent cleanup at Pennypack Park. 

Twenty-eight vo­lun­teers spent part of their Me­mori­al Day week­end clean­ing up a sec­tion of Pennypack Park on May 25, re­mov­ing 32 trash bags of debris and large items from the pub­lic park.

The monthly event sponsored by the Friends of Pennypack Park fo­cused its ef­forts on the Sandy Run area, in­clud­ing sec­tions of Ry­an Av­en­ue, Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue, Sandy­ford Road and the Rhawn Street Bridge, as well as park­land ad­ja­cent to the Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and Aus­tin Mee­han Middle School sites.

Vo­lun­teers in­cluded R.J. Markoow­itz and his mom, Kar­en; Chris­toph­er, McK­en­zie and Ed­ward Ma­h­er; Caitlyn, Gab­ri­el and Olivia Nguy­en; Alan and Melanie Kam­in­sky; Tim and Jeanette Scan­lon; Rich Glaser; Tom Binczewski; Joanne Beck­er; Louise Ko­pena; Kar­en Kaczorek; Ro­land Wil­li­ams; Bob McMunn; Audrey Walms­ley; Justin Weiss; Sheila Gross­man; Florence Brod­man; Bill Hende­r­son; Joyce Fer­raro; Kev­in Sweetra; Jim Smyth; and Nance Kerns.

They col­lec­ted 30 bags of trash and two bags of re­cyc­lable cans, along with some in­ter­est­ing in­di­vidu­al items in­clud­ing a broken Val­ley Forge plate, a leath­er purse, a broken sink, a broken va­cu­um clean­er, a Mi­chael Jack­son tape, garden edging, a broken garden trel­lis, part of a fence, 20 pieces of lum­ber, a pa­ci­fier, a broken plastic pole, vari­ous car parts, a half-gal­lon of mo­tor oil, five quarts of mo­tor oil, a bra, a jack­et, a glove, a T-shirt, a broken skate­board, a broken dog col­lar, golf clubs, part of a scoot­er and a stuffed toy cat perched in a tree.

Kerns noted that there was a lot of il­leg­al dump­ing in the Mee­han park­ing lot. Vo­lun­teers found con­struc­tion and land­scap­ing debris. They were un­able to re­move much of the waste without heavy equip­ment. Also at Mee­han, the crew found piles of broken glass where beer drink­ers had been smash­ing their empty bottles against a wall. Ac­cord­ing to Kerns, the glass poses a haz­ard to people and their pets who like to walk in the area.

The next Friends of Pennypack Park clean-up will be on Sat­urday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vo­lun­teers will meet at the park en­trance at Row­land Av­en­ue and Welsh Road. They should wear long pants and com­fort­able, closed-toe shoes. They may also want to bring sun­screen and bug spray. The FOPP will sup­ply equip­ment and re­fresh­ments. •• 

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