Pennypack Park cleanup a success

Forty-four vo­lun­teers col­lec­ted 78 bags of trash and oth­er large debris last Sat­urday dur­ing the Friends of Pennypack Park’s first monthly clean-up of 2013.

Work­ers fo­cused on the area of the park near Holme Av­en­ue be­hind Naz­areth Hos­pit­al, in­clud­ing dirt hik­ing paths, paved bi­cycle paths, the grassy me­di­an strips on Holme Av­en­ue and the ball field dir­ectly be­hind the hos­pit­al. In ad­di­tion to the 78 bags of light trash, vo­lun­teers gathered four bags of cans for re­cyc­ling, a beer keg and vari­ous large house­hold items.

The ob­jects in­cluded a couple of beer taps, milk crates, lawn fur­niture, caulking sup­plies, a flower pot, a suit­case, dec­or­a­tions, a steel cab­in­et draw­er, a bar stool, a back­pack, a St. Hubert’s tote bag with empty six-pack hold­ers in it, foam in­su­la­tion, PVC pipe, sneak­ers, sports equip­ment, car parts, a po­lice bar­ri­cade, dam­aged polit­ic­al signs, about 50 cop­ies of the North­east Times, vari­ous art­icles of un­der­wear and a couple of area rugs.

In ad­di­tion to the usu­al com­ple­ment of FOPP mem­ber vo­lun­teers, 15 stu­dents from Fath­er Judge, two from St. Hubert and one from Cent­ral High, along with three par­ents and one teach­er, joined the clean-up.

“The stu­dents learned some valu­able things. St. Hubert’s stu­dents think that you should not leave your un­der­wear in the park. The Fath­er Judge stu­dents learned that a lot of people who walk in the park and along the park peri­met­er throw their wa­ter and Gat­o­rade bottles in the park,” said Nance Kerns, who heads the FOPP’s clean-up com­mit­tee.

“They knew about the people throw­ing trash out of cars, but to be walk­ing or jog­ging and lit­ter­ing is just a little too per­son­al some­how. They said that people who use the park should be more con­sid­er­ate.”

The next FOPP clean-up will co­in­cide with Earth Day on Sat­urday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pub­lic is in­vited. Vo­lun­teers should meet at Rhawn Street and Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue. In case of rain, the event will be on April 28. Vo­lun­teers should wear pants, long sleeves and com­fort­able foot­wear with closed toes. The FOPP will sup­ply gloves, oth­er equip­ment and re­fresh­ments. Call 215-934-PARK for in­form­a­tion. •• 

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