Volunteers brave storm to clean up Pennypack Park

The cleanup crew from the Friends of Pennypack Park en­dured an in­ter­mit­tent rain­storm to round up 29 bags of lit­ter from the park near Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues on Ju­ly 26. Curi­ously enough for the 21 rain-soaked vo­lun­teers, they also found an aban­doned row­boat.

Or­gan­izers of the monthly cleanup called 911 and 311 to re­port the aban­doned ves­sel to city of­fi­cials. Mean­while, vo­lun­teers can­vassed the rain-soaked and debris-filled park on both sides of Frank­ford Av­en­ue and at Pennypack on the Delaware with the help of the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, En­gin­eers Without Bor­ders, the De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation and the Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation.

In­di­vidu­al ob­jects re­moved from the park in­cluded a swim­ming noodle, a Min­nie Mouse pool floatie, the boat (miss­ing its mo­tor), three shop­ping carts, a tire, two milk crates, two plastic foam cool­ers, part of an air con­di­tion­er, a roll of toi­let pa­per, a stor­age con­tain­er, a wire hanger, two queen-size mat­tresses, a box spring, a tele­vi­sion, an oven grate, a tow­el, a shoe in­ner­sole, three T-shirts, a san­dal, a wal­let con­tain­ing $5.80 in change and a laun­dry token but no iden­ti­fic­a­tion, a dozen Lego pieces, a truck tire re­tread, four empty mo­tor oil con­tain­ers, a car bump­er, an aquar­i­um fil­ter, a soft­ball, a No Park­ing sign with pole and two traffic cones.

Vo­lun­teers in­cluded Kev­in Sweetra, Bill Hende­r­son, George Scholl, Han­nah Grooms, Elsy A. Esco­bar, Baochan Tran, Beth­any Schneider, Bob McMunn, An­drew Puzdrak, Louise Ko­pena, Rich Frizell, Jim Ry­an, Kathy Scheiblein and Nance Kerns, along with sev­en uniden­ti­fied con­trib­ut­ors. CLIP’s Mike Beu­t­en­meuller and Jim Mc­Carthy, as well as Jim Hunts­ber­ger and T.J. Loz­ado from Parks and Rec, also helped out.

The next Pennypack Park cleanup day will be on Sat­urday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are wel­come. Vo­lun­teers will meet at the ball­field on Holme Av­en­ue be­hind Naz­areth Hos­pit­al. Vo­lun­teers should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Gloves, tools and re­fresh­ments will be provided by Shop­Rite and the FOPP. Call 215-934-PARK or email to FOPPMonthly­CU@aol.com for in­form­a­tion. ••

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