Volunteers clean up Pennypack Park on Earth Day

Thirty-one vo­lun­teers and city work­ers cel­eb­rated Earth Day on April 27 by re­mov­ing 55 bags of debris, plus two bags of re­cyc­lable cans from Pennypack Park. 

Or­gan­ized by the Friends of Pennypack Park, the monthly cleanup event fo­cused on the Little City area of the park as well as the dirt hik­ing path from Holme Av­en­ue to Sandy Run; Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue from Solly Av­en­ue to Ry­an Av­en­ue; Rhawn Street from Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue to Little City; and part of the bi­cycle path from Hol­me­hurst Av­en­ue and Rhawn Street to­ward Holme Av­en­ue. FOPP mem­ber Ro­land Wil­li­ams de­signed spe­cial Earth Day but­tons for the oc­ca­sion. Oth­er par­ti­cipants in­cluded Rich Glaser, Tom Binczewski, Maur­een Kor­necki, Mag­gie and Eu­gene Fu­garino, Anne Cos­tello, Keith Kennedy, Matt and Ed Ginieczki, Brendan and Fred Cooper, Pat Brown, Jeanette and Tim Scan­lon, Alan Os­trow, Alan Kam­in­sky, Bob McMunn, Linda Dav­ies, Kel­len Dur­kin, Joyce Fer­raro, Jim Ry­an, Louise Ko­pena, Louise Susar, Leo Magazzu, Betty Landolfi, Jim Smyth, Bill Hende­r­son and Nance Kerns, along with sev­er­al people per­form­ing court-ap­poin­ted com­munity ser­vice.

Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram work­ers Jim Mc­Carthy, Fa­bi­an Checo and Ed Ok­u­p­in­ski, with Parks and Re­cre­ation work­er Kaamil Har­ley, also took part. Mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict as­sisted.

Among the not­able items re­moved from the park was a one way/do not enter street sign found in the creek, a milk crate, two grill cov­ers, a kit­chen knife, a Rub­ber­maid tote box, Chap­Stick, a Frank Sinatra cas­sette, three light­ers, or­anges, nail pol­ish, met­al table legs, a baby pa­ci­fier, a Fris­bee, 20 fish­ing bait con­tain­ers, 15 fish­ing hook con­tain­ers, ci­gar wrap­pers, a pool float, con­struc­tion ma­ter­i­al buck­ets, a Valentine’s Day bal­loon, a sur­geon’s hat and shoe cov­ers, hub­caps, men’s co­logne and dis­carded bags con­tain­ing dog drop­pings.

The FOPP is try­ing to edu­cate pet own­ers that it is en­vir­on­ment­ally un­safe and il­leg­al to dis­card pet waste in the park. Un­like horse ma­nure, which is safe to the en­vir­on­ment, pet waste con­tains con­tam­in­ants that are harm­ful to plants. Vo­lun­teers were also thank­ful to the per­son who saw them work­ing and donated a big bag of pen­nies to the cause.

The next FOPP monthly cleanup will be on Sat­urday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vo­lun­teers should meet at Sandy Run (Ry­an Av­en­ue and Sandy­ford Road). Wear long pants and com­fort­able shoes with closed toes. Youths should be ac­com­pan­ied by an adult. The FOPP will sup­ply gloves, tools and re­fresh­ments. In case of bad weath­er con­di­tions, call 215-934-PARK for in­form­a­tion. Email ques­tions to FOPPMonthly­CU@aol.com. ••  

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