Northeast Times

Pennypack Park cleanup is a success

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. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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