Pennypack Park cleanup removes 44 bags of litter

The Friends of Pennypack Park took ad­vant­age of ideal con­di­tions to col­lect and re­move 44 bags of lit­ter along with nu­mer­ous large pieces of trash from the park’s Little City area on June 28.

Thirty-three vo­lun­teers showed up at Row­land Av­en­ue and Welsh Road to take part in the three-hour ef­fort, clean­ing the bi­cycle path from be­hind Fath­er Judge High School to the park­ing lot be­low Rhawn Street, the dirt path near Cresco Av­en­ue and Stan­wood Street, the creek banks and dirt path be­hind the band shell, along Winchester Av­en­ue near Welsh, along both sides of Welsh and along Cresco between Welsh and Rhawn.

In ad­di­tion to 44 bags of lit­ter, vo­lun­teers col­lec­ted two bags of re­cyc­lable cans and vari­ous oth­er items: a shop­ping cart, two wine bottles, plastic straws and eat­ing utensils, rusty wire cut­ters, two large buck­ets, an Amer­ic­an flag, a flip flop, eight pairs of pants, mul­tiple shoes, gloves, a mit­ten, T-shirts, a sock, sweat­pants, a bike frame, nu­mer­ous empty and charred fire­works boxes, a pock­et knife, fish­ing bait, trim from a car, sev­er­al hun­dred menus from An­gelina’s pizza shop, a pile of Dunkin’ Donuts cups, lots of empty wa­ter bottles, wir­ing, a burned piece of a port­able toi­let and a fin­ger pup­pet shaped like a queen.

In ad­di­tion to dozens of in­di­vidu­al and fam­ily vo­lun­teers, rep­res­ent­at­ives from the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram and the De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation as­sisted in the cleanup, while Shop­Rite sup­plied gloves and trash bags.

The Friends of Pennypack Park con­duct cleanups on the fourth Sat­urday of every month between March and Novem­ber from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ro­tat­ing loc­a­tions. The next one will be Ju­ly 26 at Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues. Vo­lun­teers are wel­come and should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. The FOPP will sup­ply equip­ment and re­fresh­ments. Call 215-934-PARK in case of bad weath­er. Vis­it the FOPP web­site for more in­form­a­tion. ••

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