A dozen volunteers from Holmesburg Christian Academy joined 26 others to clean up Pennypack Park on May 24 in the area of Sandy Run, a tributary stream to the Pennypack.
Workers spent a combined 96 hours to remove 63 bags of debris and a bag of tin cans, in addition to many large individual items from the city-owned park grounds. The group cleaned on both banks of Sandy Run from Roosevelt Boulevard, beyond Ryan Avenue and toward Pennypack Creek, as well as the areas of Austin Meehan Middle School and Abraham Lincoln High School.
The litany of items removed from the woods included three unopened beer cans, a stack of red Solo cups, two outdoor dining chairs, several resin lawn chairs, bed springs, a broken umbrella, landscaping fabric, a wooden fence post, a rusted saw blade, a backpack, flooring materials, a plastic hanging pot, wire mesh, a garden kneeler, four jackets, a pair of clogs, two pairs of pants, two shirts, seven baseball caps, assorted hair bands, a burned car seat, a sleeping bag, a scooter, a bike ramp, a blue marble, plastic baseball bats, a broken wooden bat, a broken bike, a set of dice, a broken cinder block, a school desk chair and a 30 mph speed limit sign.
Volunteers also encountered fallen tree limbs as a result of recent storms, as well as two homeless encampments. The Friends of Pennypack Park, who sponsor the monthly cleanups, advises others never to approach homeless camps in the park. Instead, the locations should be reported to police. Volunteers also encountered an inconsiderate jogger who tossed a plastic water bottle to the ground right in front of them. The volunteers asked the litter bug to stop, but he ignored them and kept moving.
ShopRite Corporation supplied gloves and bags for the event through its Earth Day Challenge. The 15th Police District also lent a hand, in addition to the students, teachers and parents from Holmesburg Christian Academy and dozens of individual volunteers.
The next Pennypack Cleanup will be on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Welsh Road, Rowland Avenue and Cresco Avenue. The public is welcome to participate. Volunteers must wear long pants and closed shoes, such as work boots or sneakers. The FOPP will bring all supplies and refreshments. Call 215-934-PARK in case of bad weather. ••