Volunteers haul trash during monthly park cleanup

Thirty-five vo­lun­teers donated more than 80 man-hours to beau­ti­fy some North­east Philly park­land on Aug. 24 dur­ing the monthly cleanup event or­gan­ized by the Friends of Pennypack Park.

Folks re­moved 51 bags of debris, three bags of cans and an as­sort­ment of oth­er ob­jects from the nat­ur­al en­vir­on­ment. The ef­fort was fo­cused around the Holme Av­en­ue ball field be­hind Naz­areth Hos­pit­al, branch­ing out to­ward the Rhawn Street bridge, be­hind the former North­east Com­munity Cen­ter, the bi­cycle path near the park’s Holme Av­en­ue en­trance, the traffic is­land in front of Naz­areth Hos­pit­al and oth­er nearby loc­a­tions.

Vo­lun­teers in­cluded Gab­ri­el, Olivia and Caitlin Nguy­en; Gab­ri­el Krut­sing­er; Katya Rebensky; Kate and Kathy Volack; George Scholl; Daniel and Tara Neal; Chris Krause; No­lan and Marc Har­feld; Tyler and Ken Hoff­man; Ed­ward Ma­har; Kar­en Kaczorek; Ro­land Wil­li­ams; Audrey Walms­ley; Tom Binczewski; Betty Landolfi; Bruce and Louise Ko­pena; Jim Ry­an; Nance Kerns; Bill Hende­r­son; Kev­in Sweetra; Joyce Fer­rero; and Florence Brod­man. Sev­er­al of the vo­lun­teers rep­res­en­ted Cub Scout Pack 252. On-duty em­ploy­ees of the city’s CLIP pro­gram, Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment and Po­lice De­part­ment also helped out.

Some of the as­sor­ted ob­jects re­moved from the park were a milk crate, a broken fold­ing table, a fold­ing chair, a car­pet rem­nant, a plastic garden turtle, part of a bird bath, a bat­tery-powered wrig­gling lady­bug, a dis­pos­able razor, two empty spray paint cans, an empty gal­lon paint can, a back­pack full of empty beer cans, a pair of sneak­ers, un­der­wear, a ten­nis ball, ping­pong balls, golf balls, a base­ball, car parts, a li­cense plate with a 1959 re­gis­tra­tion stick­er, six Pep Boys crates, a bag of dirt, about 135 cop­ies of the North­east Times in plastic bags, a res­taur­ant menu, a broken bar­ri­cade and a 24-foot-wide ad­vert­ise­ment ban­ner.

The next park cleanup will be on Sat­urday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue between En­field Av­en­ue and Rhawn Street. Vo­lun­teers should pre­pare to walk in mud along the creek and bike path in some places. They should wear com­fort­able walk­ing shoes with closed toes and long pants. Or­gan­izers will sup­ply gloves, tools, snacks and re­fresh­ments. Call 215-934-7275 for in­form­a­tion in case of bad weath­er. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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