Volunteers help clean up Pennypack

Lit­ter­ers stepped up their game in Pennypack Park last sum­mer, but so did vo­lun­teers from the park’s friends group on Oct. 26 when they cleaned up the Sandy Run sec­tion of the park.

In three hours of work, about 40 vo­lun­teers filled 77 trash bags with col­lec­ted debris, as well as five bags of alu­min­um cans and vari­ous large items. That’s twice as much junk that the same group re­moved from the same area of the park just four months earli­er.

The Friends of Pennypack Park crew cleaned along por­tions of Sandy­ford Road, Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue, the Aus­tin Mee­han Middle School grounds, the park dirt path lead­ing to Up­per Rhawn Street Bridge and the Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School sta­di­um.

Work­ers from the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram hauled the bags to a san­it­a­tion fa­cil­ity, while Park Rangers Geor­gia Kolbus and Ser­ena Chiles also lent a hand.

In ad­di­tion to a large con­tin­gent of adult vo­lun­teers from the com­munity, stu­dents from Fath­er Judge, St. Hubert’s, New Found­a­tions Charter and St. Mat­thew’s helped out.

Among the haz­ard­ous or un­usu­al items pulled from the park were a con­tain­er of brake flu­id, a fire ex­tin­guish­er, an un­known auto­mot­ive flu­id in a white jug, shop­ping carts, part of a snow shovel, 18 un­opened beers, patio fur­niture, sev­er­al bags of used floor­ing tiles, lawn fur­niture, a bar­be­cue grill, five auto tires, sev­er­al tow­els, a blanket, a toast­er, a broken um­brella, a Rub­ber­maid tote box, two buck­ets, a cable box, a cell phone, DVDs, a rub­ber duck­ie, vari­ous items of cloth­ing, ear buds, a pock­et­book, skin lo­tion, a co­logne bottle, mouth­wash, wo­men’s makeup, a lei, vari­ous sports balls, a broken fish­ing pole, a bi­cycle, a car hood in the creek, car parts, school fur­niture, per­son­al iden­ti­fic­a­tion cards, an empty cash re­gister draw­er and a Sponge­Bob Hal­loween mask.

The fi­nal monthly cleanup of 2013 will be on Sat­urday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Vo­lun­teers will meet at Rhawn Street and Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue. In case of bad weath­er, call 215-934-PARK for in­form­a­tion. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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