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. ••