Volunteers remove trash from Pennypack Park during monthly cleanup event

A group of em­ploy­ees from Agusta-West­land joined mem­bers of Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 252 and in­di­vidu­al vo­lun­teers as the Friends of Pennypack Park con­duc­ted their an­nu­al Earth Day park cleanup on April 26. 

Sixty-one vo­lun­teers con­trib­uted 139 hours to beau­ti­fy park ground. 

They re­moved 31 bags of trash from the park, along with three bags of alu­min­um cans and an as­sort­ment of in­di­vidu­al items. The odds and ends in­cluded a red com­fort­er, a fold­ing closet door, two aer­o­sol cans, a kit­chen knife, a pock­et­book, Mardi Gras beads, a car ra­di­at­or brack­et, part of a car jack, a soc­cer ball, a bas­ket­ball, a soft­ball, a Ricky Mar­tin CD, part of the base to a traffic light, part of a po­lice bar­ri­cade, an or­ange and white saw­buck, a 23-liter buck­et and an eight-foot-long fold­ing table.

Vo­lun­teers had lots of sup­port from busi­nesses and agen­cies in­clud­ing Shop­Rite, the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, the De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation, and the 8th and 15th Po­lice Dis­tricts. Fur­ther, FOPP vo­lun­teer Ro­land Wil­li­ams per­formed ex­tra ser­vice by design­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s Earth Day but­ton with a de­pic­tion of a raven. Each year, Wil­li­ams designs a new but­ton fea­tur­ing a dif­fer­ent bird.

The Friends group hosts cleanups one Sat­urday every month from March through Novem­ber. The next one will be on May 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vo­lun­teers will meet at the Sandy Run park en­trance near Ry­an Av­en­ue and Sandy­ford Road next to Aus­tin Mee­han Middle School. Par­ti­cipants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. The events are great op­por­tun­it­ies to per­form com­munity ser­vice. In case of bad weath­er, call 215-934-PARK or email to FOPPMonthlyCO@aol.com for can­cel­la­tion in­form­a­tion. ••

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